Parents, we need to get in more photos – #showyouwerethere

Parents, can you do something for me?

I want you to grab your phone and/or your camera and scroll back through the photos you’ve taken recently.  And while you’re at it, take a look at the photos you’ve shared on instagram and facebook over the last few weeks.

How many of those photos are you in?

I would imagine that the answer is somewhere between ‘a few’ and ‘none at all’.

As parents we tend to be the ones behind the camera.  Recording every little detail of our children’s lives.  But so often there’s one huge thing missing from those photos.


I’ve written before about the photographer Sue Bryce and how she feels so strongly about the idea that we need to exist in photos for our loved ones.

She talks about this idea that we take all these photos of our children, but the ones they will love the most when they’re older are the ones of their parents.

“One day when you child is 40 years old, they will look at that photograph…and your child will treasure it more than any other photo they have seen of themselves.”

I’ve been taking this message on board and for the last 2 years I’ve spent the month of March taking a photo of myself every day.

I chose March because Mother’s day is in March.  And this feels like a good way for me to celebrate motherhood.  To celebrate my role as mummy, by making sure I exist in photos for my children.

The reason I do a photo a day for a whole month is because it pushes me.  It forces me to move past those feelings of worry about the fact that my hair needs washing and to just get on with it.  And while I may not love the way I look in every photo, I still LOVE every photo.  They capture moments between me and my children that would just exist in my memory otherwise.  My daughter won’t remember me sitting and playing on the carpet with her when she was 2 years old, but the photo I have of that moment will exist to show here I was there.

This will be the third year I tackle this challenge that I set myself.  And I would really love people to join in with me.  I don’t expect people to get in a photo every single day, but I really would love to see more parents in more photos.

I’ve been using a specific hashtag for my photos for a while and am now hoping to create a proper instagram community around it.

So if you have photos with you in, please do share them on instagram with #ShowYouWereThere.

I want to carry on getting in photos once March is over, once a week at least.  And I’ll be posting my favourites on my blog, along with the ones that I love that other people have shared over on instagram.

So if you’d like to feature in one of my round ups please do get using #ShowYouWereThere, with any photos that you’re in.  It can be you on your own, or with your family.  It can show your face, or not if you’d rather.  It can just be your hands holding your favourite mug, or your shoes next to your baby’s teeny ones.  Any photo that shows you were there.


New guest post series

If you’d like to get more involved then I have another plan up my sleeve!

I’m looking to start a guest post series featuring people’s favourite photos either of themselves, or of their parents (or someone else they love).

What I’m really hoping is for people to look beyond, “I love this photo of me because my make up looks perfect and I was at my skinniest”.  I’m hoping people will share photos that show moments that mean something to them.  A photo of them feeding their baby.  A moment of them laughing at a joke their toddler just made up.  A picture of their parents that they’re really pleased they took while they had the chance.

I wrote a post about why we need to take the damn photo, even if we feel a bit awkward about asking people to get in front of our camera.  I’ve dragged my parents out in the garden on a few occasions for photos, even though I knew they would rather not do it!  And I am so, so pleased that I did it.  My parents live a fair way away, so I love having these photos of them up in my house.  And in years to come, I will absolutely treasure them.

So, if you have a photo that you would like to share for this guest post series, please do send me an email at and I can send you some more information!

In the meantime, grab your phone or your camera and make sure there are some photos of you next time you scroll make through!



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  1. mymummymanual 03/03/2017 / 8:34 pm

    So true! I don’t want to look back with regret so I’m going to make it my mission to #showyouwerethere – thank you. #BlogCrush

    • This glorious life
      03/03/2017 / 9:42 pm

      I really hope you do get in more photos, and I’d love to see them with #showyouwerethere! x

  2. Rebecca | AAUBlog 04/03/2017 / 10:08 pm

    fabulous idea for an instagram community. I am rarely in the pictures and need to make sure that I am more often! #kcacols

    • This glorious life
      05/03/2017 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you, I would love it if you joined in with any photos that you do get in! x

  3. Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum) 05/03/2017 / 7:41 am

    This is really important! I’m hardly in any photos because I take most of my photos in the week when it’s just me, but then when Daddy’s about at the weekend, I forget to ask! (Also I’m really fat at the minute, so I need to be prepared if a photo will be taken, I’m going to try not to care about that stuff).


    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 9:59 pm

      Put it in your diary, or set an alarm on your phone, anything to prompt you to hand the camera over at the weekends so you can be in some photos! And please don’t let your feelings about your weight stop you, your children will just see their beautiful mummy in photos. x

  4. Alana - Burnished Chaos 05/03/2017 / 8:09 am

    This is such a great idea. I hate being in photos at the time but whenever I look back at photos from days out or even holidays and realise I’m not in any it makes me so sad, because it is like I was never there. Must make more of an effort x

    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 10:04 pm

      Seeing it put that way has made me feel really quite sad! Please please do take a minute and jump in a few photos next time! x

  5. Becky @ Educating Roversi 05/03/2017 / 8:26 am

    I completely agree with you! I see a lot of posts on Facebook about Dads remembering to take pictures because Mums take them all and then never end up in any. I will definitely hashtag when I post pictures on Instagram and I’m going to share the post because I really believe in what you’re saying. #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you so much, I really do hope to see some photos of you with #showyouwerethere on instagram! x

  6. romaine lawson 06/03/2017 / 5:29 pm

    This is so true and actually quite moving because you are right, I’m sure my boys will look for pictures of me with them when they are older and they are few and far between. I’m going to take one right now.

    • This glorious life
      07/03/2017 / 9:39 pm

      I really hope you do go and start getting in more photos with them, it will mean so much to them in years to come. x

  7. Nicola | Mummy to Dex 07/03/2017 / 3:04 pm

    This will be a great hashtag for me to add to my list because I am super guilty of not being in photos because I don’t like the way I look. Thanks for making me think about this and pushing me to make the change. I hope you will see one of my photos on Instagram soon.


    • This glorious life
      07/03/2017 / 9:36 pm

      I really do hope to see your face on instagram soon! x

  8. emma me and b make tea 08/03/2017 / 12:43 pm

    I’m in none of my photos! all of the boy and his dad. and dad is useless at taking good pics! #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 9:55 pm

      Haha, you need to get your camera on timer and jump in some photos that way, if he’s no help to you! x

  9. Cassie 09/03/2017 / 8:29 pm

    So hard isn’t it. I’ve beeen trying more but I still tend to only be a little head in the corner where I’m the one taking it as a short arm selfie.

    Gonna start using my selfie stick more me thinks.


    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 9:24 pm

      Yes, dig out the old selfie stick! x

  10. wendy 09/03/2017 / 9:47 pm

    I love this and I definitely need to try and get in more photos with my family. I think you are so right and we are all too busy snapping away behind the camera when we should be getting in the pictures ourselves. I would love to get involved with your guest series, I have the perfect photo! Thank you for linking this to #BlogCrush xx

    • This glorious life
      09/03/2017 / 10:07 pm

      Oh yay, I would love to have you on the guest series! x

  11. the frenchie mummy 10/03/2017 / 10:46 pm

    What a fab idea! And you have a point here! I have barely any pics of Baba and I, even less of when I was preggnant because I look fat.Now I feel silly, I wish I had more to remember this beautiful experience. Good luck with the hashtag. Hope lots of people join in! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • This glorious life
      10/03/2017 / 11:02 pm

      Merci! It is hard, I know, I often don’t really like the way I look in photos, but love the moments and memories that are captured in them. Hope you get in more photos with Baba in the future! x

  12. Rachel Turner 11/03/2017 / 5:34 pm

    I am in hardly any photos and the ones I am in are selfies! I would love it if one day my hubby decided he loved photography but I don’t think that’s going to happen 😂 #kcacols

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2017 / 9:51 pm

      I think I’m really lucky in that sense, my husband enjoys photography! You’ll have to get handy with the timer on your camera instead! x

  13. Ali Duke 12/03/2017 / 9:11 pm

    My daughter and I take quite a few selfies together. There are a lot of pictures of us together. My son is 18 now and hates being in pics with me, but I do manage to get one now and then 😉

  14. Becky Clark 15/03/2017 / 7:52 pm

    Recently I’ve started trying to get in more pictures. I’m always the one behind the camera but now my OH is actually enjoys taking pictures (mainly because I bought an expensive camera that he sees as a fun gadget) I’m appearing on more pictures! It’s sad when Rory was born we didn’t actually have s picture together until he was nearly 2 weeks old. I also love the idea of your guest series!! #KCACOLS

  15. Claire 16/03/2017 / 10:00 pm

    This is a great idea, I try and get in pictures too, just because it’s nice to look back on! #kcacols

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