If you’ve ever spent any time browsing around my blog you’ll know that one thing I keep banging on about is how important it is for us parents to get in more photos.
The reason I keep mentioning it over and over again, is because I know how easy it is for months to go by without us getting in front of the camera. We’re so busy snapping photos of our children, that we forget to actually get in some pictures with them.
I also know how hard it can be to get in front of the camera.
One of the big obstacles a lot of us face is not knowing what sort of photos to take. But don’t worry, I have 5 ideas for photos you can take with your children this weekend, that don’t require much effort at all but will capture some lovely family memories.
1. Part of your routine
It might not feel like it when you’re bang in the middle of coping with night feeds or wrangling toddlers, but all these parenting phases that feel endless when you’re in them will pass, and one day you’ll miss some of the things are so routine to you right now.
So take a few minutes to think about the little things you do every day at the moment with your children, that one day will just be a memory, and make a point of photographing one of them this weekend.
Here are some ideas for moments you might want to capture:
- Feeding your baby. Whether you’re bottle feeding or breastfeeding this is such a huge part of family life, for a relatively short amount of time, and it’s a really lovely thing to photograph.
- Feeding a little one in a highchair. If your baby is a bit older then snap a photo of you helping them eat a meal or a snack in their highchair.
- Splashing together at bathtime.
- Getting your baby dressed, or helping older children with buttons or doing up shoes.
2. You and your children reading together
This is a really lovely moment to photograph, and generally quite easy because your children should be relatively still!
Set a timer or get another family member to take a photo of you and your children on the sofa or in bed reading a favourite book together.
Or cwtched up watching a film if that’s more your thing.
You can take the photo from all sorts of different angles to get a real variety of images if you want. I love pictures like this one though, where the focus is actually more on the book that we’re reading at the time.
3. Playing together
However you’re playing with your children this weekend, take a moment to get in a photo with them as you’re doing it.
It could be sitting on the living room floor playing a board game or a few games of Uno.
Or maybe it’s out at the park, pushing them on the swings or coaching them down the fireman’s pole.
It might even be out at the beach, building sandcastles, skimming stones and jumping waves.
4. A photo from behind.
Some of my favourite photos of my husband and our children are taken from behind.
So this weekend either set a timer or ask someone to take a picture of you with your family from the back.
Or if you want to get more creative, then try taking a photo of your shadows or of you all in silhouette.
5. A silly selfie.
If all else fails and you just don’t have it in you to take any ‘proper’ photos with your children, then grab your phone and just snap a fun, silly selfie with them.
Hopefully these five ideas have inspired you to pick up your camera (or phone) this weekend and jump in a few more photos with your family.
You might still have 100 more excuses for not getting in more photos, but at least now you can’t tell me you just don’t know what photos to take!