8 reasons you shouldn’t have your photo taken (and one really important reason you should)

If you’ve visited my blog before you might have read my other post about the photos we wish we’d taken.  In it I mentioned that throughout March I’m planning on taking a photo every day with ME in it.  And even though I really want to do this, there are still those nagging thoughts and excuses that pop in to my head telling me why I shouldn’t get in front of the camera.

But, those little voices are always silenced by one really important reason why I NEED to do this.

If you’re thinking about joining me and taking more photos of yourself, here are 8 reasons you might be coming up with for why shouldn’t have your photo taken followed by my one reason you really, really should.

8 reasons you shouldn't have your photo taken



8 reasons you shouldn’t have your photo taken:


1)  You need to lose half a stone.  Or a stone.  Or just those last few pounds.  Yeah, you’ll have your photo taken once you’ve lost that last bit of tummy jiggle.


2)  Your hair is in dire need of a cut and colour.  Seriously, no one wants a photo of you with greys sprouting up in your parting and split ends everywhere.


3) You don’t have the time to do it.  You have far more important things to do with your time than bother setting things up to get in a photo.


4) You haven’t had a full night’s sleep in 3 years and you just. look. tired.  Pale skin and dark circles under your eyes isn’t a look you really want to have on record.


5) You don’t photograph well.  You just don’t.  You pick apart every photo of yourself, wondering why the camera hates you.


6) No one wants a photo of you, in this moment, you’re not reaching any milestones worth capturing like your kids are.  Every little thing your baby does is worthy of a photo, but you managing to drink a whole cup of coffee while it’s hot isn’t really a moment that’s worthy of being recorded.


7) You’re more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.  Now this I get.  Life is pretty good from behind a camera.  Who needs to come out from that place and step in front of it?


8)  You just don’t like having your photo taken.  End of.  (Does anyone still say ‘end of”?  No?  Oh well!)


So there you are.  8 reasons (excuses) I’m sure we’ve all used at one point or another to not have our photo taken.

Reasons that feel perfectly valid to us and keep us safely out of the way of any cameras that might be pointed in our direction.

But, here’s why none of that matters and why you should really, really just get over yourself and in front of the camera.

Your children will want those photos of you.

They will want those photos of you regardless of how you look.  They honestly do no care about the extra weight you’re carrying.  They couldn’t care less about the greys in your hair and the bags under your eyes.

They won’t see those things.

They will just see YOU.

In years to come they will just be so grateful to have photos of you.

Sue Bryce said it best:

“One day your children will look for photographs of you. What will they have?”


Don’t let your insecurities about how you look and excuses about lack of time stop you from existing in photos.

I mean, by all means take a few minutes to do something with your hair, put on a top that you feel more comfortable in, get some bb cream on your face to brighten that pale complexion, but then GET IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.

No more excuses.

This isn’t really about you.  It’s about your children.

Make sure that when they look for photographs of you in the future they have plenty to find.



  1. 02/02/2018 / 7:37 am

    Love this just as much as the earlier post Madeline! You’ve covered all my excuses there – my favourite excuse is that I’m always the one taking the photos. I would definitely like to make more effort to be in the pictures with my toddler as he grows up.

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Robyn! It’s so worth making that bit of effort to get in the photos too. x

  2. 02/02/2018 / 7:45 am

    Haha, all so true! Very sweet ending too, and based on my own experience also true. I would love to see more photos of my parents! X

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:36 pm

      We just need to take the time to think ahead a bit don’t we, and think how our children will feel in the future and how much they’ll want those photos of us. x

  3. 02/02/2018 / 7:56 am

    You are so right. I have just been sorting out our photos from the last 2 years that were a digital mess and I have walked that there are only a handful of me. You have given me the push I needed to change that! Thank you!

  4. 02/02/2018 / 2:20 pm

    This is all very true. I dint mind being in photos (never on my own though!l) but my hubby is crap at taking them. I have thousands of Leo and the hubby and Leo but only a few include me. I totally agree that in years to come our children will want photos with us in them xx#picknmix

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:39 pm

      Time to get the camera set up with a timer if your hubby is useless! It’s a bit more time-consuming but so worth it! x

  5. 02/02/2018 / 2:26 pm

    Ah good list! I’ve hated having my photo taken over recent years for all the reasons you mention but not want to let me kids pick up on my fears so I really try to get in front of the camera sometimes. Plus my 4 year old LOVES taking photos of me (mostly blurry).

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:40 pm

      Blurry photos are better than no photos at all! I’m really impressed though that you put your insecurities to one side and get in front of the camera, as much as this post was meant to be light-hearted I know that it’s really not easy if you don’t like the way you look in photos. x

  6. 02/02/2018 / 3:36 pm

    This is soooo true! I take loads of pics of my son and my husband and my friends and family etc but there aren’t that many of me! I’m always self conscious so I prefer being the one taking the photo. I must try and get in more pics! xx #picknmix

  7. 02/03/2018 / 12:07 am

    This is very true. I hate having photos taken, and I always avoid it and hate seeing pictures of myself. But I do need to remember that I should be in photos with my children. #picknmix

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:41 pm

      I know it’s really not easy if you don’t like looking at photos of yourself, but I firmly believe we need to put our feelings aside sometimes and make sure we get in the photos for our children. x

  8. 03/01/2016 / 7:37 am

    I hate having my photo taken but I force myself as I want photos of myself with my boys and Si for then and myself in the future 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

    • 03/03/2016 / 12:36 pm

      I love that you make a point of getting in photos even though you hate it! It’s so important isn’t it. x

  9. 03/01/2016 / 8:41 pm

    So true, I have a million and one pics of my girls and hubby but barely any with me in. I’m always asking hubby to take photos but he’s not really into taking photos. We have now got ourselves a ‘selfie stick’ so we can take family group shots when we’re out but we keep leaving it at home! #TheList

    • 03/03/2016 / 12:29 pm

      I think it’s all about forming a new habit isn’t it. So maybe put a note on the front door reminding you to take the selfie stick out with you, until it becomes second nature to do it! x

  10. 03/03/2016 / 10:59 am

    You are so right. I love this post. I need to make more effort to be in pictures. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • 03/03/2016 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you! I think we all need the reminder don’t we, I know if I don’t make the effort then weeks and months go by without me getting in a photo. x

  11. 03/09/2016 / 9:12 pm

    I really needed to read this, I hate pictures of myself and I’m the main photographer so I hardly ever get in them. I’m going to try and join in with your hashtag!

  12. 02/02/2018 / 7:36 am

    It’s so true, I take 100’s of photos of my girls and love looking back at them. I also have lots with their daddy in them too, but hardly ever with me. I’m always the one to think about capturing the moments. I must try harder X #picknmix

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:33 pm

      Yes, you must try harder, haha!

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