Get in more photos for your family

5 ways to make sure you get in more photos

As a parent I bet you have thousands of photos of your children.  But how many photos of you will they have when they’re older?

If you’re always the one behind the camera, taking the photos, capturing the memories, then you need to make a real effort to get in front of the camera and make sure you’re in more of your family’s photos.

You want your children to look back at pictures of their childhoods and see you there with them.

It can be easier said than done though, to get in the habit of actually being in more photos.  So here are my ideas for 5 things you can try to start getting in front of the camera more and existing in photos for your children.

 

1. Commit to a family photo project

One of the best things I ever did to make sure I get in more photos with my family was to start joining in with the me and mine project.

All you have to do is take a family photo each month.  If you have a blog you can share your photos there, or pop them up on Instagram.  Or you can keep it as a personal project and print your photos to display at home.

The point is just to make a commitment to doing it every month.

 

2. Set reminders to take more photos

When you’re not used to getting in front of the camera it can be far too easy to fall back into old habits of just taking pictures of your children.

So set up reminders as prompts to get in some photos with them.

You can keep it really simple, with an alarm set on your phone each week to remind you to grab your phone and take a group selfie with your family.

Or you can go all out and schedule a family photo session in your calendar.  Plan a day and time that you’ll head out together with the camera and a remote trigger and take some photos all together.

happy family photo on a beach

3. Join in with online communities

Get inspired to get in more photos by scrolling through different hashtags on Instagram, and then commit to taking and posting your own snaps too.

Here are some ideas for hashtags to try:

#MeAndMineProject

#ShowYouWereThere

#ParentsInThePicture

#BeInThePicture

#ExistInPhotographs

 

4. Let go of perfection

Stop overthinking everything when it comes to having your photo taken and remember the real reason you’re doing it.

You’re doing it for your family.  So that in the future they’ll have photos of you to look back on.  So that they’ll have that proof that you were there, enjoying their childhood with them.

And your family do not care if your hair is a bit greasy.  Or if there’s a stain on your top from breakfast.  Or if there’s a load of mess in the background of the photo.

So stop making excuses and waiting for things to be perfect before you get in front of the camera.

Grab your phone.  Grab your children.  Snap a selfie.

Dig out your camera.  Set the timer.  Capture some real, perfectly imperfect memories with your family.

5. Make a deal with a friend to take photos for each other

One of the big obstacles to overcome to get in more photos is having someone to actually take the photos for you.

If you don’t want all your pictures to be selfies but find that setting up a camera and a timer feels like too much work to do regularly, then make a deal with a friend or family member to take photographs for each other.

Whenever you meet your friend and their children at the park, make a point of taking a photo of them with their family and let them do the same for you.

On days out with your partner make sure you hand them the camera or your phone a few times and ask them to take photos with you in too.

Talk to the people in your life about how important it is to you that you exist in more photos.  Ask as many of them as you can to let you take pictures of them, and for them to take photos of you.

 

Hopefully at least one of these ideas will have inspired you to pick up your camera… and then hand it over to someone else so you can get in some more photos!

Instagram challenge 31 days of getting in the frame

31 days of getting in the frame – Instagram challenge

I have a challenge for you.

Every year since 2015 I’ve taken a photo of myself every day during the month of March.  It started as a personal project, as a way for me to make sure that I got in front of the camera more, to make sure I exist in photos for my children.

And now I want to extend the challenge to other parents.

I want to get as many people as possible to get in the frame more, to show they were there, to be present in the photos they’re taking of the children’s childhoods.

So I’ve put together a list of prompts, one for each day of March, to help give us all ideas for different photos we can take that include us in some way.  The prompts can be interpreted however you like, the photos just need to include you in some way.

The photos might be of you on your own, you with your children, you with your partner.  Some days they might just feature part of you, like your feet, your hands, or your eyes.  And other times they might show a part of your personality, through the things you love, or the book you’re reading.

 

If you’d like to join in (and I really hope you do want to!), all you have to do is take a photo inspired by one of the prompts and share it on Instagram with #ShowYouWereThere.  You can also tag me – @this.glorious.life – to make double sure that I see it.

There’s no pressure at all to complete the month.

If you only want to share one photo over the 31 days that would still be amazing.  If you hardly ever get in photos with and for your children, then anything is a step in the right direction.

I do know how hard it is to get started though.  It’s why I do the challenge myself every year, because I know otherwise I would quietly slip back behind the camera again, and I’m determined that that won’t happen.

I want my children to look back at photos when they’re older and see me in them.  I want them to have that proof that I was there.

 

I’ve written quite a few posts on this topic in the past and if you would love to join in with this challenge but have a few reservations then some of these older posts might help:

If you want to know a bit more about why I do this, read this – The photos we wish we’d taken

If you need your excuses busted, read this – 8 reasons you shouldn’t have your photo taken (and one really important reason you should) or this – Stop making excuses and get in front of the camera

If you need a confidence boost, read this – How to feel more comfortable in front of the camera

If you have no one to take photos for you, read this – How to be in more photos when you don’t have anyone to take them for you

If you need ideas for the types of photos you can take, read this – The ultimate list of photo ideas to get yourself in more pictures

 

I’ll be sharing the prompts each day over on my Instagram feed, and will have a few tips and ideas on my stories to provide some extra inspiration as well as keep myself accountable!

I would really love to see people joining me in this, whether it’s just one photo, all 31, or anywhere in between.

So please do get in the frame, tag your photos #ShowYouWereThere and tag me if you want – @this.glorious.life.

 

This post is linked up with A moment with Franca and KCACOLS.

Show You Were There – October round up

It’s Sunday, it’s very nearly the end of the month, and it is time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up!

If you’ve not heard of it before it’s my little Instagram community for people to share photos that feature them (or their partners) in some way.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos, for both them and their children.

At the end of each month I pick 4 photos that have been shared with #ShowYouWereThere to include in these round ups.

 

My first pick for this month is from Laura at Inside Laura’s life.

It’s such a happy family photo, and I love the girls’ matching jackets!

 

My next pick is this smiley, soggy, selfie from Mary at Over 40 and a Mum to One.

I love all the outdoor adventures and walks that Mary and her son take together, they always look like they have so much fun!

 

Next up is this lovely photo of Donna from What the redhead said with her children.

There’s such an autumnal feel to this photo, with the wellies and the leaves all over the ground, and I love it!

 

My last choice for this month is this perfectly seasonal photo from Maria at Suburban Mum.

It’s a lovely photo of Maria, but also one that raises some awareness for the symptoms of an over-active thyroid that people might not be aware of.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who tags their photos #ShowYouWereThere over on Instagram, it makes me so happy seeing people getting in front of the camera more.

 

Now my turn.

This photo was taken a good few weeks ago, on a windy, sunny walk along the beach.  With Wales back in lockdown for a few weeks I’m really glad we live where we do so we can get our fresh air in places like this.

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community then all you need to do is share a photo over on Instagram that features you in some way and use #ShowYouWereThere with it.

Hope to see you over there soon!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show You Were There – August round up

It’s Sunday, it’s very nearly the end of the month, and it is time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up!

If you’ve not heard of it before it’s my little Instagram community for people to share photos that feature them (or their partners) in some way.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos, for both them and their children.

At the end of each month I pick 4 photos that have been shared with #ShowYouWereThere to include in these round ups.

 

My first pick for this month is this wonderfully summery photo from Stacey in the sticks.

It’s just the kind of picture I need to see to help me hold on to these last few days of the summer holidays!

 

My next pick is from the lovely Lucy at Mrs H’s favourite things.

It’s just such a happy photo, and I’m a little bit in love with Lucy’s dress!

 

Next up is another perfectly summery photo, this time from Emma at Ready, Freddie, Go.

How gorgeous is this?!

 

My last choice for this month is from Laura at Inside Laura’s life.

This is such a lovely father/daughter picture – just look at those smiles!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who tags their photos #ShowYouWereThere over on Instagram, it makes me so happy seeing people getting in front of the camera more.

 

Now my turn.

Me and my girl, accidentally twinning in our stripy outfits.  That’s all!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community then all you need to do is share a photo over on Instagram that features you in some way and use #ShowYouWereThere with it.

Hope to see you over there soon!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show You Were There – July round up

It’s Sunday, it is (somehow!) almost the end of the month, and it’s time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up!

If you’ve not heard of it before it’s my little Instagram community for people to share photos that feature them (or their partners) in some way.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos, for both them and their children.

 

The first photo I’m sharing from this month is from Sabrina at The Mummy Stylist.

This photo just makes me want to turn the grey skies here to a lovely blue so we can also put on sunhats and head out for a picnic!

 

My next pick is this lovely smiley photo from Jaymee at The Mum Diaries.

It sounds like her family have got a fab summer planned, full of camping adventures!

 

Next up is this photo that I really love from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

There’s just something about photos taken from behind that I really love, especially when it’s of little ones holding hands with people.

 

Last but not least for this month is this photo that really made me smile from Kim at OddHogg.

I think her caption sums up how a lot of us parents have been feeling lately, that when our children go back to school/childcare we’ll miss having them around loads, but those moments when you realise you can go to the toilet in peace will be bliss!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who tags their photos #ShowYouWereThere over on Instagram, it makes me so happy seeing people getting in front of the camera more.

 

Now my turn.

Actually, it’s my husband and my father-in-law’s turn this month.

I took this photo of the two of them with Nerys in the woods this weekend, and I love it so much.  I told you I was a fan of photos taken from behind didn’t I!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community then all you need to do is share a photo over on Instagram that features you in some way and use #ShowYouWereThere with it.

Hope to see you over there soon!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show You Were There – June round up

It’s Sunday, it’s the end of the month, and it’s time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up.

In case you’ve not heard of it before, Show You Were There is my little Instagram community all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for their children.  If you want to get involved then all you need to do is use #ShowYouWereThere on any photos that feature you in some way, I’d love to see more people joining in!

This month I’ve chosen some gorgeous photos that people have shared celebrating Father’s day.

 

My first choice for this month’s round up is from Maria at Suburban Mum.

I love the fun and smiles in this photo, it’s a lovely moment she’s captured.

 

The second photo that I’ve chosen for this month’s round up is this lovely photo from Katy at Katykicker.

I remember having shoulder rides with my dad when I was little, and would love to have a photo like this from those days!

 

Next up is this summery photo from Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.

It’s such a lovely photo and sounds like they had the perfect family day at the beach the day it was taken.

 

My final pick for this month’s round up is this gallery of photos from Kim at OddHogg.

I love all the different moments she chose to share to celebrate Father’s day.

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.

Well, in keeping with the theme this month, it’s actually my husband’s turn.

I have so many photos of him and our children taken from behind, and I love this recent addition to my collection, taken on a gloriously sunny day at the beach.

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community then all you need to do is share a photo over on Instagram that features you in some way and use #ShowYouWereThere with it.

It’s all about getting more parents in more photos and I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show You Were There – May round up

It’s Sunday, it’s the end of the month, and it’s time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up.

In case you’ve not heard of it before, Show You Were There is my little Instagram community all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for their children.  If you want to get involved then all you need to do is use #ShowYouWereThere on any photos that feature you in some way, I’d love to see more people joining in!

 

My first choice for this month’s round up is from Laura at Laura’s lovely blog.

It’s a gorgeous photo of Laura, and I love how her family managed to make her birthday so special during lockdown.

 

The second photo that I’ve chosen for this month’s round up is from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

It’s such a lovely summery photo, and the news that Nicola shared with it about being able to change her hours at work sounds brilliant for her and her family.

 

Next up is this lovely picture from Sabrina at The Mummy Stylist.

The light in this photo is just gorgeous, and I love Sabrina’s caption that talks about how lockdown has given her extra time with her family, and a bit of a new perspective on how much the little things in life matter.

 

My final pick for this month’s round up is from Sue at Life starts after coffee.

This mother/daughter photo just really made me smile, what more can I say?!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAQe8qMlyWD/

 

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.

We went down to the beach a few days ago for a walk and the first paddle in the sea of the year.  It was so warm and sunny, it just felt amazing to have our feet in the water, and it made me so grateful that we live where we do.

 

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 I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more