A month of photos (#showyouwerethere)

I apologise in advance for this being a photo-heavy post.  There are 31 photos to get through and they all feature me, so I’m sorry if you’re a bit tired of looking at me by the end!

I’ve written a few times about how important I feel it is for us, as parents, to get in enough photos.  We’re so often there, capturing memories for our children, but we seem to forget to include ourselves in those memories.

Sue Bryce says it best, One day your children will look for photographs of you. What will they have?

I for one want to make sure that my children will have enough photos of me when they go looking for them.  I want them to find photos of me with them, at all the stages of their lives.  I want them to have those reminders of the person I was when they were little, along with all the hundreds of photos of them!

So for the last 2 years I’ve spent the month of March making an effort to get in a photo every single day.

I’ve mixed it up this year, with some candid shots, some posed shots, some self-portraits, some detail shots.

And here are the results.











So, how did my month of daily photos go this year?

It was fun, and I absolutely love the end results.  I love the variety in the photos, and the story they all come together to tell about our lives right now.

But, honestly, it was also a real challenge.

I’m still getting my head around all the reasons why it’s so hard to do it, and to come up with ways to get past those obstacles and in front of the camera.  I’m working on it though.  Because this is important.  It really is, and not just for me.

This is important for all you parents out there. So watch this space; I have several ideas for posts to help us all get in more photos, and would love to get an Instagram community up and running for everyone to get involved with.

I’m already using #showyouwerethere for photos that I’ve taken of me for my children, so please do start using that if you’d like

Cuddle Fairy


  1. 04/07/2016 / 12:09 pm

    I think you can never have enough photos on a post! 😉 Love all of them, especially of the one with you and your daughter in the bathroom, so adorable! 🙂 Lovely photos. x

    • 04/10/2016 / 1:52 pm

      Haha, glad I didn’t bore you with all my photos! I do love that one of us in the bathroom, especially as it captures something she loves doing at the moment – brushing her teeth! x

    • 04/10/2016 / 1:51 pm

      Hope I am prompting other parents to get in more photos! x

  2. 04/07/2016 / 3:24 pm

    Some great shots! While it must have tough to do, you will always have these to look back on. I really should get in more photos, it’s always just the girls or them with my husband x

    • 04/10/2016 / 1:18 pm

      I am really pleased that I made the effort to do it. I honestly believe that it’s so important for us parents to be in these photos for our children! x

  3. 04/08/2016 / 7:34 am

    What a fantastic thing to do! There are so very few photographs of me as I dislike being photographed, and I am aware of this that my children will have nothing to look back on except my words when I am gone. I need to remedy this.

    • 04/10/2016 / 1:04 pm

      It’s hard isn’t it, when you really don’t like being photographed or just don’t like how you look in photos. I do think we need to try and get past those issues though, for our children. x

  4. 04/08/2016 / 12:29 pm

    Some lovely photos here. I wish I had someone to take photos of me – mine are always selfies which aren’t great, or with a tripod and self time which never means great shots

    • 04/10/2016 / 1:01 pm

      Thank you. I have to admit it has helped having my husband around who’s handy with a camera. I’ll have to put together a few posts though, with tips on selfies and tripod shots, because you can still get some fab pics with those methods. x

  5. 04/08/2016 / 9:21 pm

    These are stunning photos Madeline! What a great idea to keep your months memories in photo form. #fancyacoffeefriday x

    • 04/10/2016 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you Becky! I want to do a ‘day in the life’ type one as well, I think that would be a fun challenge to do! x

      • 04/11/2016 / 10:47 pm

        Oh that would be such a fun post – can’t wait to read it some day. 🙂 Just popping back to say thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk x

  6. 04/09/2016 / 11:22 pm

    Your so right, parents always take pictures of the children but always seem to forget to take photos of themselves. Time for a change!

    • 04/10/2016 / 12:50 pm

      Yes! Let’s start a movement! Get all the parents in more photos! x

  7. 04/10/2016 / 5:52 am

    You are so right, I am forever not present in our photos. I joke about how my husband is in them but I am never, and when I am in one, if I hate it, it’s gone! This is a great challenge, one I hope to take on myself! #fancyacoffeefriday

    • 04/10/2016 / 12:49 pm

      That’s one of the problems with digital photos isn’t it, it’s so easy to delete them if we don’t like ourselves in them! I’m so pleased you want to do a challenge like this yourself though, it’s so worth it! x

  8. 04/10/2016 / 8:41 am

    I love this idea. It’s so good!!! Your pictures are so stunning. I think I’m in about 10 photos with my daughter in two years of her life. I absolutely love your t-shirt too. I want to try this challenge. x

    • 04/10/2016 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much Chloe! It’s scary isn’t it, when you suddenly realise how few photos you’re in. I think I need to put together a challenge for people to join in with to get more of us in more photos! x

  9. Kerry Norris
    04/10/2016 / 2:01 pm

    Great idea for a post. Love the fact that you’re in the photos. I tend to take loads of my family but not many of me and hubby. X

    • 04/10/2016 / 2:06 pm

      I think we love our kids so much we just want to capture every moment of their lives! But then forget to include ourselves in that! x

  10. 04/10/2016 / 4:09 pm

    you are so right to do this, I was thinking while I was looking at your lovely post that there are hundreds of photos of the kids and others but so few of me with them! I’m going to have a look at the link you mentioned too showyouwerethere.
    mainy – myrealfairy

    • 04/03/2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment! I think we often don’t even realise how few photos we’re in until we look back at all the ones we’ve taken of other people! x

  11. 04/10/2016 / 8:48 pm

    This is something I need to do more, apart from a few selfies there aren’t that many pics of me and my family. And hardly any of us all together! x #fancyacoffeefriday

    • 04/03/2017 / 1:29 pm

      Do it! Make a little plan and get all of you in some photos! It’s so worth the effort! x

  12. 04/10/2016 / 10:06 pm

    You raise a very good point, I have very few photos of me and Monkey especially in recent months. I will make sure I pay more attention to getting photos including me in the next month! Thank you x

    • 04/03/2017 / 1:28 pm

      Yes! I really hope you do get in more photos! x

  13. 04/11/2016 / 8:14 pm

    Oh i love this post! I am guilty of being behind the camera instead of being in the pictures. I am not so keen on the camera and i’m quite self conscious of how i look in pictures. You have me thinking now though just how little i am in photos with my children. Thank you for linking up to #fancyacoffeefriday. I hope you’ll come back 🙂

    • 04/03/2017 / 1:15 pm

      I really do hope I’ve given you a little push to get in more photos! Your kids will love to see you in them when they’re older! x

  14. 04/02/2017 / 8:20 pm

    what a lovely idea, Im usually the one taking the photos so have to ask someone to take them of me with the kids and then they are posed. Thanks for linking to #PicknMix

    • 04/03/2017 / 12:59 pm

      You should look into a timer for your camera or phone, then you can get photos with you in that are slightly more natural! Worth playing around with, I’ve had some lovely results doing that! x

  15. 04/12/2017 / 12:36 pm

    Hi Madeline,
    I love the photos, you all look fantastic! I am new to photography and I have so much to learn. I totally love your post. Always smile! 🙂

  16. 04/06/2016 / 7:54 am

    These are lovely. I am so guilty of taking loads of pics wothout me in them. You have inspired me to make sure I get some of me with both kids in the future. Thank you! #BloggerClubUk

    • 04/06/2016 / 12:38 pm

      Oh yay! I really do hope I’ve prompted you to take some action and get in some photos! x

  17. 04/08/2016 / 9:26 pm

    Ohh I love it, what a good idea but I can imagine that it was hard, I love the photo of the Friends top, ace! Popping over from #fancyacoffeefriday

    • 04/10/2016 / 12:56 pm

      It was hard, but so worth it, and has got me inspired to try and come up with ways to make it easier, for me and all the other parents who aren’t in enough photos! I do love my Friends top! x

  18. 04/02/2017 / 11:12 am

    LOVE this, I am rarely in photos but I think I should try to be more so the boys see their happy memory photos with me there too not just behind the lens 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

    • 04/03/2017 / 1:00 pm

      Yes! Be part of those memories too! x

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