The photos we wish we’d taken – #showyouwerethere

I’m pretty sure we all have them.

The photos we wish we’d taken.

The moments we wish we’d recorded.

The people we wish we’d captured while we had the chance.

The photos we wish we'd taken show you were there


Over the last year or so I’ve found myself becoming very aware of how few photos I have of my parents.  My visits to see them are normally so rushed, so full-on, so busy with children underfoot, that I often don’t end up taking any photos at all.

I like to just ‘be’ in the moment, enjoy everyone’s company, take in the little details of home.

But then, after I leave, I kick myself for not taking 2 minutes to take a few photos.  To capture forever the way my parents look at each other.  How in love they still are.

So, as I was packing up my bag ready to head back to Wales at the end of my last visit home, I grabbed my parents and my camera and we headed out to the back garden for a quick photo session.  And I’m so, so happy that I took that opportunity.


I will never regret taking these photos.  But I know had I not, I would always wish I had.


These photos mean so much to me already, and in years to come they will mean so much more.  So, thank you to my parents for humouring me, stepping out of your comfort zone a little and getting in front of my camera.


It means the world to me that you exist in these photos.




Last year for the month of March I challenged myself to get in front of the camera and in a photo every day for the whole month.

I want to be sure that I exist in photos for my children too.  I want to show them that I was there.

So this March I’m doing it again.  Every day I will step in front of the camera, and I would love as many people as possible to do it too.

I’ll be posting my photos using #showyouwerethere on Instagram and on my Facebook pages for this blog and for my photography business.  If you fancy joining in please tag your photos with that hashtag so I can find them.

Don’t end up wishing you’d taken those photos.  Just do it!




  1. 02/11/2017 / 9:33 am

    What gorgeous pics!!! They really look lovely and are absolute keepsakes. I have loads of pics of my kids; not many of me with them…a great reminder. #twinklytuesday

    • 02/12/2017 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m so happy with the photos! And I hope I’ve given you a little push to get in a few more photos yourself! x

  2. 02/11/2017 / 10:21 am

    I am so rubbish at remembering to take photos too. Like you I get too caught up in the moment and just forget. Luckily I have a husband who is very snap happy but there are of course occasions when he isn’t always with me. Like when my daughter gave birth last week and she had her first cuddle with her baby. I was too busy looking at my grandaughter and forgot to take that very first picture of them together something that I keep kicking myself for because we will never get that moment back. I’m hoping alias a picture that will always stay with me in my mind though.

    • 02/12/2017 / 1:56 pm

      It’s a fine balance though isn’t it, between ‘being’ in and truly enjoying the moment, and capturing it for the future! x

  3. Mamie
    02/11/2017 / 10:27 pm

    Just seen these! Thanks for making us do them. I still don’t like having my photo taken but I think you are right to insist. And you’re right. …we are still in love!

    • 02/12/2017 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you for doing it for me, it means so much! And you look gorgeous! x

  4. Mamie
    02/11/2017 / 10:30 pm
  5. 02/11/2017 / 11:34 pm

    I love this post and the photos of your parents are gorgeous! I have about 10,000 photos of my 15 month old baby (no joke!) but I’m in hardly any of them and I also rarely remember to photograph my parents when I see them. Definitely something I’d like to do more of, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • 02/12/2017 / 1:58 pm

      I’m so happy I’ve inspired you! It’s funny how easy it is for us to take thousands of photos of our children, but how much effort it takes to get in photos ourselves! x

    • 02/12/2017 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you! Yes, children with the Grandparents is on my list of ‘must take more of these’ photos! x

  6. 02/12/2017 / 5:15 pm

    Hi Madeline, it’s only since I started blogging that I started getting interested in taking photos, so now I have too many. Before that I rarely took photos and don’t have an abundance of photos of my children through the years (but I have enough).
    The photos you have taken of your parents are lovely. And will stay with you forever.

    • 02/12/2017 / 7:18 pm

      Haha, that is the other end of the scale isn’t it, ending up with too many photos! I’d always chose that over not enough though! Thank you for your kind words about the photos of my parents. x

  7. 02/02/2018 / 3:17 pm

    Aww, a lovely idea and really beautiful pictures. I definitely need to take more photos of my parents too ❤️ #bloggerclubuk

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you, it’s so worth taking those few minutes to do it. x

  8. 02/05/2018 / 8:44 pm

    I can so relate to this post, since I discovered blogging about a year ago I have taken less and less photos of Monkey just being and instead they are always for a post or similar. I am disappointed with myself and since starting a photography course I have been making a conscious effort to try and improve. I am also not very good at getting in front of the camera so I think this is a great idea 🙂 Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again this week x

    • 03/03/2016 / 12:40 pm

      It’s hard though isn’t it, getting that balance of snapshots that are just for you, and the ‘proper’ photos that you want to share on your blog etc! x

  9. Anonymous
    04/03/2019 / 9:09 pm

    I love these pictures! Made me well up a bit! Thank you for taking them and please may I have copies? Xxx

    • This glorious life
      13/03/2019 / 11:30 am

      Sorry for making you emotional! Will send copies over now! x

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