It’s mothers day soon. Let’s celebrate with a photo challenge, self-portraits of motherhood. I want you to stop making excuses and include more of you in your family photos. Let go of the dream of the perfect moment when your hair’s done, make ups on or you’re in yourfavourite out fit. Seize the moment, however imperfect it is, and get in that shot!
It’s so easy to do these days with your cell phones. For me because I’m the photographer in the family, I often miss out on being in any family pictures. But it’s important to let your children know that you are part of the action, that you where there too. You don't want them to look back at photos and your children ask, wheres mum? This is your story, after all—it’s important that you step into the frame. Your pictures don't have to be perfect, it doesn't matter if they are a little out of focus, or you don't have the perfect lighting. Imperfections and all, these photos are still precious no matter what they look like.
It’s going to take time to get into regular practice of handing over the camera, especially if you’re not used to hopping in front of it. You might be uncomfortable to start with, but making a conscious effort will be so worth it! Making a goal for yourself to get in more photos a week, month, or year, can make a huge difference.
Here are some tips for getting in the frame.
1. If you're out and about, I wouldn't suggest investing in a tripod, because I will hardly if ever bring it with me. (I'm a little lazy like that.) So if we ever want a family picture while out, I’ll set the timer and just rest my camera on a rock or the ground, whatever I can find stable enough. I then quickly run to my spot. But having a tripod for those pictures at home can come in handy.
2. Get creative with your selfie. You don't always need to include your face. Find ways you can include parts of you in the frame. Like holding your children's hand’s, maybe all your feet on the sandy beach. Or your child hugging your leg.
3. Get your children to take turns with the camera. My kids love this. They can even take charge and tell you where they want you to stand and how to pose.
Make sure you Keep It Fun – I am always looking for fun ways to take photos ofmy kids. Because when taking photos with fun experiences, they’re so much more willing to cooperate when I want to take their picture.
Stuck on what photos to take with your kids?
Then I’ve got you covered!
Taking these photos is really a gift to your children. You’re giving them a chance to see how much you love them and that they will always have a place where they belong.
Place your emailing address below and I'll send you my printable 52 self-portraits of motherhood checklist. It’s filled with fun photo ideas. It’s going to help you get in more photos with your children and make beautiful memories. There’s one for every week of the year if you want to join in on the challenge.
Let’s make no more excuses!! Just opportunities for more fun family time.
You might also be interested in my seven proven photography tricks to make you a better mumographer. I'd love for you to join my seven day photo challenge, it's going to loads of fun. Check it out here.