#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Lucy at Mrs H’s favourite things.

I absolutely love the joy in these photos, and am so happy for Lucy to have these of her with her two children when it’s something that doesn’t happy all that often!

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*RARE* ________ It is so rare for me to be in a photograph with both my children. Let alone 3 photos. I love these photos because we are all so happy. It comes from having a lovely day in the sunshine and shouting the word "macarena" at the top of our voices. ________ It has been a great weekend. Yesterday was a rare productive day. We managed to deep clean and tidy most of our house. It is so nice to be starting the summer holidays with a pristine house. ________ And today we've had a lovely family day. We visited the @nationaltrust property Smallhythe Place. We had a picnic, played croquet, danced the Macarena and ate ice cream. ________ It has been a perfect weekend. ________ #ig_bbcc #ukparentbloggers #beinthepicture #thisparentlife #mama_pals #uniteinmotherhood #honestmotherhood #ohmama #ohmamamoment #oureverydaylife #rememberingthesedays #capturingthemoment #capturingtheday #lifecloseup #mamabear #nothingisordinary #littlestoriesofmylife #acupofmotherhood #motherhoodthroughig #ponderingparenthood #lovelifeoutside #highlightsofhappy #liveinbrightcolour #myhappycapture #themagicineveryday #snaphappybritmums #showyouwerethere #ourweekendhappy #joyfulmama #ohmama

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Next up is this brilliant family photo from Vicky at Team Triffic.

I just love all the different expressions on their faces, especially the very serious look her daughter is going for!

 

My third pick this time is from Leah at Home Family Life.

There were 2 lovely photos I was trying to choose between from Leah, and I hope she doesn’t mind that I picked this one which isn’t as polished as the other one.  This photo is just perfect to me.

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No make up, comfy clothes, hair needs some serious attention and I feel as tired as I look. But do you know what I don’t care, I’m out with my boys having fun and making memories. . . . I was solo with them today as Keith was working an extra shift, so we headed to the @ncmme_miningmuseum We didn’t see much of the museum, but did enjoy the little train, outdoor play area, seeing the horses and the nature trail. And for only £5 per car it’s a very affordable day out. If I’d had the energy there was more we could have seen and done. . . . . Linking up with @andbreathe_challenges for her July challenge #julyideasandinspo for cheap days out. And linking up with @themrsproject for #getintheframemama . . . Photo edited with @littlepaperswanpresets Spring Pastels

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My last choice for this round up is from Wendy at Naptime Natter.

It’s just such a gorgeous photo of her with her beautiful Tilly.

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My beautiful Tilly Mae turned one whole week old today.💕 It's been an exhausting but wonderful week. Here's a little update of what the first week with a new baby has been like for us.. We are co sleeping as it is the only way i get to have any sleep! I love waking up to Tillys gorgeous face every morning and I can't be bothered to try and get her in her bed – she hates it! Having a few teething problems with breastfeeding. Tilly has a good latch but I've somehow managed to get a blocked milk duct and oh my god the pain! Feeding through it but I won't pretend it's easy, I'm in a lot of pain and my boobs just seem to be constantly leaking and engorged – bras are not my friend right now! As far as postpartum recovery is concerned, I'm doing well. The cowboy walk appears to have eased and I'm walking almost like a normal person now! My belly feels like a wrinkly half deflated balloon and is still quite tender after labour. I did manage to pick Alex up for the first time today though so there's still a core somewhere in there. After 9 months of no periods I am not exactly loving wearing maternity pads the size of pillows but I know the bleeding doesn't last forever. On the whole though I am feeling good, although still a little bit run overy 😅. I had been worrying about how I would feel mentally after baby arrived but I am pleased to report I am feeling really well. I don't feel anxious, I've cried a bit but totally hormone related and I'm not constantly worrying that Tilly is going to stop breathing (something I obsessed about with Alex). I am feeling so full of love and so happy. Oli is takong amazing care of the house, the boys and me so I am feeling very relaxed. I know it's only early days but, so far, I'm feeling well and hopeful a pnd storm isn't waiting for me. So that's been week one with a newborn. It has been tiring, wonderful, hard, amazing, exhausting and magical. 💕💕💕 #newmum #newborn #newbornbaby #ig_motherhood #honestmothering #coolmumclub #showyouwerethere #myhappycapture #mydarlingmemory #rememberingthesedays #myeverydaymagic #littlestoriesofmylife #snaphappybritmums #emmasdiary #postpartum #thefourthtrimester

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

 

Now my turn.

A few weeks ago we went for our standard walk/play on the beach at Swansea bay.  I asked Steve to take a few photos of me and this one is one of my favourites.

I think I’m laughing at the children playing behind the camera, but honestly I could just be laughing at Steve telling me to pretend to be laughing at the children playing behind the camera.

Either way, the smile is genuine and I love it!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

The end of the month has flown around, and that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Alex at bump to baby and beyond.

I’ve always loved how light and bright Alex’s photos are, and this summery shot is no exception!

 

Next up is this gorgeous beach photo from Laura at dear bear and beany.

The happy faces, rainbow colours and blue sea just make me smile so much!

 

My third pick this time is from Mary at over 40 and a mum to one.

I love this photo from Mary, and the reminder in the caption about how lovely one on one time with our children can be.

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There's a lot of readjusting going on at home. A lot is changing and it's not all plain sailing. My son has always been used to spending our Saturdays together, just the two of us and as much as it's great to suddenly have some flexibility to what we can do at the weekend, it's taking some getting used to. We've been a double act for so long, and have so many places that have always been 'our places', adjusting to having Daddy P around more isn't always as easy as you might think. It's definitely work in progress and my son has asked if he can have some Mummy and Me days in the future as well as one on one days with his Dad. We'll figure it out eventually and the summer holidays will give us a couple of days each week just for us.  #takeyourkidsoutside #standstillmychild #wishes_and_wanderlust #countrykidsfun #domorewithourkids #takeyourkidsoutside #outdoorsykids #ourchildreninwonderland #snaphappybritmums #tbcsmiles #littlefamiliesofig #kidsoftheoutdoors #documentyourdays #myfamilyadventures #outdoorsfamily #ukparentbloggers #outdoorsfamilylife #themagicofchildhood #watchthemgrow #my_magical_moments #beinthepicture #mummyandme #storiesoftheeveryday #theoutdoorchild #nurturenaturekidswinter #parentsinthepicture #ShowYouWereThere #motherhood_magic #freerangelittles

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My last choice for this round up is from Donna at what the redhead said.

I absolutely love this ‘before’ photo where you can see quite how long Donna’s hair was before she had it cut so she could donate it to the little princess trust.  If you’ve not seen how amazing she looks with the new short hair then go check out her stories where you should be able to catch a glimpse!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

 

Now my turn.

I am so aware at the moment that I’m not really present enough on my social media channels, so I made a point of taking a few photos of myself while we were out and about recently.  Nerys was watching me take a few pictures and I could tell she was itching to jump in with me.

And who am I to turn down the chance to have a few photos with my girl!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Lauren at Scrapbook blog.  It’s such a lovely family photo, and makes me want to head down to our local woods for a good stomp around!

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We spent an hour in the woods stomping about after voting and school pick up today. My brain is set to burst with work and logistical things going on (like finding child care after school and car insurance and so on and so forth) but some fresh air, some bluebells and some family time was a welcome distraction! Roll on the 3 day weekend! What's your favourite way to distract yourself from things? . . . #ParentsinthePicture #Showyouwerethere #myeverydaymagic #developinglife #ourcandiddays #motherhood_magic #watchthemgrow #worldoflittles #mycolourfulkids #raisingthoserascals #our_everyday_moments #adventuresofchildren #motherhoodsimplified #theirwonderfulworld #thehappynow #childhoodunplugged #familyphoto

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Next up is this gorgeously floral photo from Sabrina at The Mummy Stylist.  I love the happy faces in this picture, and the absolutely beautiful setting.

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It’s another coat photo for #whatmamaworemonday with @heyitsromeca @stylemotherbeat – I promise there’s a pretty dress underneath 😂 It’s one from the weekend when it bucketed it down with rain as we arrived at this beautiful garden. Rain, sun, rain, hailstones, sun – what a crazy Saturday it was! But what I absolutely love about this photo is that I will always remember this as the day the kids CHOSE to have a day out with me. . . . You see, the plan was actually for me to sneak out while they were at Nana’s and go to Eastcote House Gardens to practice some photography. Then they were like “I wanna come too!” I told them “I’m only going to take photos of flowers, it’s going to be sooooo boring for you.” Nope, they still wanted to come, Lily had her coat and boots on in a flash. When we got there, Tyler was pointing out flowers for me, Lily woke in the buggy and was excited to be somewhere new. We had cake in the cafe but the rain really wasn’t stopping, so we went out and took some photos in the rain, my hair drenched. They were running and giggling through this wisteria tunnel and around again, having so much fun. It was such a surprise – they liked hanging out with me to take photos of flowers! The rain was not stopping so we headed back to my car. Typical of course, the sun came out as we reached the car! So I took them to the miniature railway on the way back as they had been so good. A fun day can be had – whatever the weather! ☀️ ☔️ 🌧 Did you get caught in the rain on Saturday?

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My third pick this time is another brilliantly joyful family photo from Emma at Sophie Ella and Me.   I just love photos like this one that are so full of smiles that you can’t help but smile too.

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“Your little family is the best team you could ever have”. I can’t wait to spend some quality time together over half term 😍❤️ – 📸 @heathercapturephotography • • • #themagicineveryday #besttimescaptured #letthembelittle #littlefierceones #candidchildhood #uniteinmotherhood #theordinarymoments #childhoodunplugged #lifecloseup #developinglife #myhappycapture #littlelivelaughlove #ourcandiddays #momswithcameras #raisinggirls #girlmama #dailyparenting #candidchildhood #momswithcameras #littleandbrave #letthembelittle #oureverydaymoments #motherhoodrising #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #childofig #pixel_kids #showyouwerethere #parentsinthepicture #motherhood_magic

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My last choice for this round up is from Kim at OddHogg.  This is such a lovely photo, and a really nice tribute to her little birthday boy in the caption.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

 

Now my turn.

I’m testing the waters in a new niche for my photography business – personal brand photography for entrepreneurs, small businesses and creatives.  And I needed some photos of me to use as I start to talk about it.

So I grabbed my tripod and remote and took a few self portraits.  This is one of my favourites, that really feels like me.

 


If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.  And if you’d like to take part in my guest post series ‘The photo I’m thankful for’ then take a look at this post or email me at thisgloriouslife@gmail.com for more information.


 

show you were there round up

Show you were there round up

We’re at the start of a new month, it’s Sunday, and it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is this gorgeous photo from Wendy at Naptime Natter.

There is so much more to this than just a lovely bump photo.  Wendy has spoken openly and beautifully about her experiences with depression and has been so honest throughout this pregnancy about her fears.

I think it’s such an important issue that she’s bringing out into the open, and this photo’s caption says it’s all perfectly.  Please do go and take a look at her feed, especially if you’re experiencing any of these feelings yourself.

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Pregnancy after postnatal depression… * * * I’m scared, a baby is coming that we did not plan. I love her but she terrifies me, I’m terrified of what might happen when she is born. I see the midwife hand her to me in my mind, Sometimes I just feel nothing. In my darkest thoughts I don’t even look at her, I place her back in the midwives arms and want nothing to do with my baby. I cry at my antenatal check when my midwife hands me leaflets for local support groups. Tears flow because I want to be thinking about the baby cuddles that are to come, Instead we sit and talk and plan for the worst. 11 weeks to go before she’s here. I want to be excited but I’m drowning in fear. Do I only have 11 weeks left? Do I only have 11 weeks left to live without the dark cloud hanging over me? I love her but she scares me. I want her to arrive but I don’t. I want to believe things will be ok but I struggle. There are small glimmers of hope shining through this darkness. I’ve beaten PND before. I know what to expect. Family and professionals are aware of my struggles. I take a pill every night that helps the chemicals in my brain balance out. I know there’s strength inside me somewhere. It’s ok not to love every second of pregnancy. Depression during pregnancy is real. Fear during pregnancy is real. Anxiety during pregnancy is real. Trepidation of reoccurring postnatal mental illness is real. I’m not weak. You’re not weak. We’re human. We’re real. We’re real women and women are strong. 💕 #maternalmhmatters #maternalmentalhealthawarenessweek #maternalmentalhealthmatters #antenataldepression #postnataldepression #postpartumdepression #emmasdiary #mumsmatter #coolmumub #29weekspregnant #pregnancy #thirdtrimester #babybump #gurglebumpgallery @pandas_uk @perinatalmhpartnership #pregnantanddepressed #showyouwerethere #honestmltherhood #honestmothering #myhonestmotherhood

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Next up is this fairytale-esque photo from Katy at Hot Pink Wellingtons.

I love that Katy decided to get in this photo herself when her boys didn’t cooperate and create the fairytale image for her!

 

My third pick this time is from Donna at What the Redhead Said, and it just really made me smile.  I do love a good reflection-in-sunglasses shot!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Jules at Pondering Parenthood.

I love seeing Jules’ photos every week as we both join in with the Living Arrows linky, and even though we’re past the potty training stage I’ve been enjoying reading her honest posts about how it’s all going with her oldest.  If you’re potty training at the moment then head over to her feed for some moral support!

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🚽💩Potty Training Day Day 6 💩🚽⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday started with a pretty frank conversation with M. I asked her if she wanted to keep trying with potty training, or go back to nappies for a little while, and try again with the potty in a few weeks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At first, she wanted to wear a nappy because she wanted to go out somewhere. So I explained that we couldn’t just swap between nappies and the potty, and that if she was going to wear nappies for the day, then that would mean wearing a nappy to start nursery on Friday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At which point, she was adamant that she wanted to wear knickers. I explained that if she wanted to keep wearing knickers, then she needed to use the potty, rather than going wherever she liked, as she had the day before (that was fun 😬). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, that chat seemed to do the trick yesterday as she only had two accidents all day, and both of them were en route to the potty. Of course I piled on the praise and M delighted in emptying her potty into the toilet herself, and competing with me to see who could make the most bubbles when we washed our hands. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s hope the good progress continues today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P.S. if you like the look of my @sylish_mum1 breastfeeding hoodie, then pop over to ponderingparenthood.com to read my review and nab yourself a discount code! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pottytraining #gentlepottytraining #pottytrainingtips #pottytraininggirls #pottytrainingtime #pottytrainingproblems #pottytrainingsuccess #mama_pals #parentsinthepicture #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #getoutside #150hoursoutside #outdoorplay #takeyourkidsoutside

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

 

Now my turn.

Last weekend we went for a little walk along the beach, and stopped along the way to take a few family photos for the me and mine project for April.

We only took a few and I think this one is possibly my favourite of the bunch.

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If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.  And if you’d like to take part in my guest post series ‘The photo I’m thankful for’ then take a look at this post or email me at thisgloriouslife@gmail.com for more information.


 

A month of photos of me

A month of photos 2019 (#ShowYouWereThere)

This year is the fifth year in a row that I’ve completed a little personal photography project in the month of March.

I started back in 2015 calling it the ‘mummy was there’ project.  I felt so strongly about making sure that I actually existed in photos with and for my children, that I wanted to do something to make sure it happened.  So for the month of March I got in a photo every single day.

That first year was hard but I still absolutely love the photos that I took that month.  And so I decided to carry on and complete the project every March.  Since that first year it’s evolved a bit, away from the ‘mummy was there’ title and more tied in with my Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

The concept is the same though, to get in a photo, one way or another, every day for the month of March.

Here are the photos from this year’s project:

A month of photos 1

 

A month of photos 2

 

A month of photos 3

 

A month of photos 4

 

A month of photos 5

 

A month of photos 6

 

A month of photos 7

 

I used a remote trigger for most of these photos which definitely makes the whole thing easier than trying to take them with outstretched arms or with the timer.  I did still find it quite hard this year though.  I think with the children getting older I’m finding it harder to take photos with them that feel natural and unposed.

I also found that, with them being in school all day long, I took more photos of just me this year.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but it did make me have to think a bit more creatively to make sure I didn’t end up with 31 almost identical photos of myself.

Looking through this collection of pictures though, I’m pretty pleased.

I think I did get quite a nice variety in the photos in the end that capture me and my life as it was in March quite nicely.  Although it has made me laugh to look back at last year’s photos and realise that some of them are awfully similar to this year’s!

 

This little project of mine is definitely a challenge each time, but it’s something that I’m so happy to make the time to do every year.  I love that there are all these photos from my children’s early years that actually have me in them.

I still feel just as strongly now as I did back in 2015 that it is so important for us parents to exist in photos.

This quote from Sue Bryce always gets me when I read it,

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

It makes me feel so much better knowing that my children will have photos of me to find on that day in the future when they go looking.

 

When did you last make a point of getting in front of the camera?  If it’s been longer than you’d like then make a point of taking a photo today.

week 1 show you were there 2019

A month of photos 2019 – week one

For the fifth year in a row I’m doing a personal photography project this month.  Basically for the whole of March I’m planning on taking a photo of me, of some kind or another, every day.

I first started this challenge in 2015, back before I started my Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.  Back then I called it my ‘mummy was there‘ project, because that was (still is) what it was all about.  Taking the photos with me in for the children, to show that that I was there too.  I wasn’t always just stuck behind the camera recording their childhood, I was part of it too.

Here are the photos from the first week and a bit of this year’s project.  A mixed bag of windswept outdoor photos, pictures that don’t show my face but still show me pretty well, and photos of me with my family.

Show you were there 2019 week 1

 

I’ve always found this project to be quite hard at times, trying to come up with different ideas for photos to take, and getting a balance between simple ‘photos of me’ and photos that capture a bit more of my life as it is right now.

I think I’m off to a pretty good start so far this year though, although it is a bit harder to get photos of me with the children now they’re both in school all day long.  It’s good though, it forces me to think a bit more creatively and focus on the moments and activities I want to record this year.


If you’d like to read a bit more about this challenge that I set myself every year, and see how much the children have changed, then go and check out all my photos from 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Tips to help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera

How to feel more comfortable in front of the camera

If I were to pick up my camera and ask if I could take a photo of you, how would you feel?

If you’re anything like me you’d probably feel a bit uncomfortable, worrying about what you’re wearing or how your hair looks.  And then there’s the fear of just not knowing what to do with yourself in front of the camera; how should I sit? What should I do with my hands?

Given half the chance we can all come up with loads of reasons why we don’t want to have our photo taken.  But if you know me at all you’ll know how important I think it is for us all to basically get over ourselves and get in more photos.

If you really don’t like people taking your photo, then here are my best bits of advice on how to start feeling more comfortable in front of the camera.

How to feel more comfortable in front of the camera

 

The first thing you need to do is face your fear.  

If you keep just avoiding having your photo taken you’ll never get used to it and one day you and your children will look back and be so upset to find that there are no photos of you to be found.

So take a deep breath and prepare to get familiar with your face.

Start by sitting in front of a mirror and spend some time slowing moving your face around to see what angle you like best.  It might be that you like the way you look straight on, or maybe you prefer having your right side a little bit more towards the mirror.

Just have a bit of fun, posing it up and trying out different angles.

Yes you might feel really silly to start with, but no one is looking, no one can see what you’re up to and once you get past that ‘I feel silly’ feeling you should be able to start to relax and have some fun with it.

 

The next step is to move on from the mirror to getting in front of an actual camera.

This is baby steps though so no need to worry too much.

Just grab your phone and start snapping a few selfies.  Try out the angles that you liked in front of the mirror and see if you still like the way you look at that angle in a photo.

The beauty of digital cameras is that you can take hundreds and hundreds of photos and it doesn’t matter.  It’s not like the days of film cameras where you were limited to 24 photos per roll.  So take photo after photo of yourself, have fun, experiment with the phone at different heights and distances away from you.  Try all sorts of different angles again to learn the way to position yourself so that you’re happy with how you look.

Doing this means that next time you have your photo taken you know which angle to go for and the way to pose so that you’ll be happy with the end result.

 

The other big reason for all this practising is that it’s like with anything that’s scary or that we’re not really comfortable with; you have to keep exposing yourself to it until those feelings of fear and unease get less and less.

Basically, feel the fear and do it anyway.

I don’t particularly love having my photo taken, but I am much more comfortable with it now than I was a few years ago.  And I think a big part of that is down to me challenging myself to get in a photo every day for a month each year.

I’ve done this every March since 2015, and it is a challenge every time but I am so pleased that I push myself to do it each time.  I really do believe that it’s one of those things where the more you do it, the more you get used to it and the more comfortable you get with it.  Or the less you care about all the little fears that bother you at the start.

 

The thing for me that pushed me to start doing this every year, and to start my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere, is the thought that one day my children will want photos of me from when they were little and I want them to be able to find plenty.

I don’t take the photos for me, although when I look back at them later I’m always grateful that I took them.  The photos are really for my children though.  One day they’ll be all they’ll have, and I want them to have a pile of them to look through.

Tips to feel more comfortable in photos

 

This thought though, that it’s not for me and not about me, has really helped me basically get over myself. 

I don’t always like the way I look in photos.  I’m not as slim as I’d like to be.  But that doesn’t matter.  When my children look at photos of me they just see me.  The mum that they love.

So if you need a push to get started with being in more photos, let that thought be it.

If you don’t want to do it for you, that’s fine.

Do it for your children instead.

They deserve to have photos of you.

 

On a more practical note, here are some other things you can do to help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera:

  • Give yourself something to hold.  Having a prop of some kind, even if it’s just your sunglasses or your bag, gives you something to do with your hands so you’re not worrying about where to place them or if they look awkward hanging by your sides.

 

  • Have photos taken while you’re busy doing something.  This is taking the first point one step further.  You’ll feel much more relaxed if you’re doing something than if you’re just standing stiill having your picture taken.  Try walking towards the camera, hugging your child, or even telling a joke to someone standing behind the camera.

 

  • Take photos in natural light as much as possible.  It’s just much more flattering.

 

  • Have someone you’re comfortable with take the photos.  I know that my favourite photos of me are taken by my husband, because I am completely relaxed with him and can just be myself.  If you’re hiring a photographer to take some family photos then see if you can spend a bit of time just chatting with them before you start taking pictures so you can get to know them a bit.

 

There is no simple step to magically becoming more comfortable and confident in front of the camera I’m afraid. 

You need to push yourself to do it even though it feels uncomfortable, or even scary at times.  The more you do it though, the easier it gets and the more relaxed you’ll feel about it.

And it is so worth it to make sure you exist in photos for your family.