There are so many reasons we can give for not getting in more photos. I’m sure if I asked you right now if I could take a quick photo of you, you could immediately give me a handful of reasons why you wouldn’t want me to do it.
I’ve even written a list before, of 8 reasons you shouldn’t have your photo taken.
The thing is, we can call them reasons, but lets be honest. They’re really excuses aren’t they.
Unless you have a genuine phobia of having your photo taken, you need to stop making excuses and get in front of the camera.
Why does it matter so much that you’re in photos? Sue Bryce said it best:
“One day your children will look for photographs of you. What will they have?”
In years to come, your children will look back through the hundreds of photos you’ve taken of their childhood. And yes, they’ll enjoy seeing themselves growing up. But you know what they would love and treasure most of all? Photos of YOU.
So, lets knock out some of those excuses shall we?
“I’ve got no one around to take photos of me/for me”
Right, lets get rid of this one first. Yes, it makes life a lot easier if you have someone around who can act as your photographer for the day. But not having someone to help is no real excuse for not being in photos!
Take a selfie, set a timer, buy a remote trigger, hell, go all out and book a photographer to get some professional photos taken! There are so many options, I’ve listed them out in this post – How to be in more photos when you don’t have anyone to take them for you.
“I don’t have time”
I get this one. I really do. It can feel like a bit of a hassle sometimes, to find/make the time to get in photos.
But it really is just another excuse. It’s been said again and again, if something is important to you, you will find the time for it.
Make getting in photos more a priority. It doesn’t have to be every day. But make a point once a month at least, to set aside a few minutes to be in some photos. It doesn’t have to take long, especially if you do have someone else to act as photographer for you.
“I’m no good at taking photos”
Honestly, please don’t let this one stop you from being in photos.
You can learn so much about photography online these days, I’m sure if you dedicate just a bit of time to it your skills will improve quickly. And you know what? Even if your photos are still a bit blurry, or over exposed, or in any way less-than-perfect, it really doesn’t matter. Think about it, I bet some of your favourite photos of your parents aren’t technically perfect. But you still love them, don’t you?
Your children won’t care that your photos aren’t perfect, they’ll just care that they are photos of YOU.
“No one wants to see photos of me” or “I need to lose weight/colour my hair/hide my massive dark undereye circles before I can be in a photo”
I think if we’re honest with ourselves, most of the time it’s a mix of these 2 excuses that stops us getting in more photos.
We look at pictures of ourselves with such a critical eye. We seem to be naturally drawn to our flaws and imperfections.
Believe me, I completely get this excuse. And I have deleted photos of myself in the past that were just really unflattering. But we have to get over it! Honestly, you need to get in the photo NOW.
Please don’t wait until you feel you look good enough. You are good enough to exist in photos right now, just as you are.
So there you have it. 4 classic excuses for not getting in front of the camera, all crushed!
Have I convinced you? Or do you have other reasons for not being in more photos? Please do leave me a comment and let me know!