As a parent it can feel like life is non-stop, a constant whirl of activity. And while you might be aware that you want to make sure you’re in more photos with your children, it can be really hard to find the time to actually do it.
It’s easy to grab your camera or your phone and snap some photos of your baby. But it somehow feels so much harder and time consuming to get in front of the camera with them.
I think it’s so important that we do it though. So here are my top tips for finding the time to get in more photos. Both with and for your children.
Remember why you want to do it.
If you focus on why it’s important to you to get in more photos then you’ll be more keen to make the time to do it.
Think about the future, and how you want your children to have plenty of photos of you to look back on one day. Use that feeling to get yourself fired up and motivated to jump in front of the camera more.
You could even print out a reminder to yourself, just with the something like the words ‘exist in photos’ and stick it on the fridge as a daily reminder. When something matters to you it becomes easier to find the time for it in your life.
Lower your standards.
If you tell yourself that every photo of you has to be perfect then you’ll always have an excuse not to do it.
Stop focusing on perceived perfection and start thinking about the memories that your children will enjoy seeing when they’re older. Let go of this idea that every photo has to be perfect. Or that you need to look perfect to be in a picture. You are absolutely good enough to be in a photo just as you are.
Slightly blurry photos are better than no photos at all.
Photos of you in a messy lounge are better than no photos at all.
Honestly, your children love you and they’ll just want to see you in these photos in years to come.
Make it easy for yourself.
The more steps involved in taking a photo, the less likely it is that you’ll bother doing it.
If you have to go upstairs to fetch the camera, and set up a timer, and sort out the focus and so on, you’ll talk yourself out of taking the photo before you even start.
So keep your camera handy.
If you spend most of your time at home downstairs then keep the camera there too. And get yourself a remote trigger for it so you don’t have to run back and forth using the self timer.
Basically, make it as easy as possible to get in these photos as often as you can.
Learn your camera settings.
Following on from the last point, if you’ll be using a proper camera rather than your phone, get to know all the settings so you’re ready to go quickly.
Make it part of your family routine.
Like with any new habit it can be hard to get into the practice of taking photos regularly.
So try making taking family photos part of your routine. I struggled for ages to take regular family photos until I really committed to doing the Me and Mine project. This project involves taking a family photo every month. I mark it in my calendar to make sure we so it each month.
Until it becomes a habit you need to choose to make getting in family photos a priority. Put it on your calendar and make the time to get it done.
Try a project to fire you up.
The thing is, with things like this it’s not really about finding the time to do it. It’s about getting motivated enough to make the time.
One way to do this is to challenge yourself to complete a project.
It could be as full-on as a project 365, where you take a photo every day for a year. Or you could do what I do and just pick a month where you’ll take a photo a day. Another idea is to do a 10 on 10 project where you take 10 photos on the 10th of each month.
Get creative and see what ideas you can come up with to challenge yourself.
Life really is busy.
If you’re not actually motivated to get in more photos it’s all too easy to just tell yourself you don’t have the time to do it. That you’ll do it at the weekend. Or next month.
The thing is, the time goes so quickly. Before you know it months and months have gone by and there are still hardly any photos of you.
So get fired up. Get to know your camera and always have it handy. Make it a priority to get in photos with your family.
Make the time to make it happen.
So in the future your children will have a whole pile of photos of you to cherish.