One of my goals this year is to catch up with Jbug’s photo books. She isn’t even 3 yet so if I don’t catch up now I never will. As I was working on her first year book I realized that I am not in many pictures with her. Which is funny because she was pretty much glued to me 24/7 for the first 12 weeks of her life. She has always been a mommy’s girl and is still my constant shadow. But if you look at photos you would think she doesn’t even have a mom or maybe I work 100 hour work weeks and am never around. I think this happens to a lot of moms since we are usually the photographers of the family. Plus, I think the fancier your camera is the less likely dad is to want to use it. I have a few ideas if you find yourself missing from the pages of your family albums as well.
1. Get a tripod and a remote control
You can get a tripod or even a mini tripod for pretty cheap and the same goes for remote controls. Just make sure to get one that is compatible with your camera. You can also use the self timer on your camera if you don’t want to mess with the remote. It just makes it a little harder running back and forth and trying to get a natural, relaxed photo. Plus Jbug tends to run out of the frame after me so I have to get us both back in position before the camera clicks.
2. Take photos that show your relationship without showing your face
Take photos of your feet next to your child’s or hands or even shadows. Get creative. There are lots of fun ways to show a bond without faces. These photos are great for splurging on canvases or large prints too because they don’t get outdated quickly as your children grow.
3. Pass the camera to daddy
I think most husbands are more than willing to take some photos for you. You just have to ask and set up the camera so he just needs to push the button. Most guys don’t think photos are that important so I don’t think they are trying to leave us out. Just like many things- Men need it spelled out for them. TAKE MY PICTURE!
4. Have another friend with kids take photos for you
Next time you meet up at the park with a girlfriend plan to look cute and snap some pictures of each other with your kiddos. That way you both walk away with some cute pics and help each other at the same time. I haven’t done this yet but I plan to very soon.
5. Hire a pro
Hiring a photographer is completely worth it to me to get the whole family interacting and hopefully looking like they like each other. Make sure to get poses of just you and your hubby and each parent with the kids too. Those types of photos make really nice gallery wall groupings.
6. Most Important: Don’t be hard on yourself!
I think every woman is her worst critic. Don’t delete every photo that you feel you don’t look perfect in. Look at the interaction between you and your child and let the photo capture that memory for you. Think about what you look at when you look back at family photos of yourself as a child. Do you think “wow, mom should have turned her hips, they look huge” or “look at those double chins”. I’m guessing you don’t and you are just happy to have photos with your parents. Your children will feel the same way.
Sorry, no posts lately. I’ve been working on a biggish project which is almost finished and I will be posting it soon.