Today I wanted to chat with the moms specifically. I want to talk about a goal that we should all set for 2018. This is a goal that is super obtainable. You’ll just need to stop being hard on yourself and step out of your shell a bit. Easy, right?
I’m talking about getting in those pictures with your friends and family! Gasp, did she say what I think she said? Yes! I did. Keep reading to find out the 5 people that can take pictures of you.
Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope you had a lovely time celebrating with friends and family. The New Year is a time of celebration and anticipation. We set goals and dream about what we will accomplish in the coming year.
I myself have a lot of big dreams for 2018. These past 5 years of being a family photographer have been filled with learning how to take photos and edit them. The last few years I’ve been trying to devote more and more time into my website, social media platforms and my online presence. It’s so hard for me though! I try to learn SEO and WordPress and it’s like trying to learn a foreign language! So, 2018 brace yourself! I have plans to hit my goal of making Paint The Stars Photography a top hit on Google (eeeeeeekk, so excited but so scared too!)
Us moms are so terribly hard on ourselves. We say things like: “If I just lose 10 more pounds then I’ll get my photos done.” Or “I need to get my hair done first.” No you don’t. You don’t need to get your hair done to make a memorable moment with your children last forever. One of the main reasons I started my photography business is because my older sister once told me she regretted not having more photos from when she was a teenager. That little bit of information fueled my love and obsession for photography. I even wrote about it here.
Are we all going to grow old and one day regret not having more photos of ourselves living our lives? We might have 14,000 albums full of photos of our children (which I totally encourage because I too am a picture hoarder) but what will our children have to remember us?
I decided to make it easy on you. I’m going to give you a list of 5 people that can take your picture. That way you really have no excuse. Get in those pictures!
- Hire a professional photographer.
Stop waiting around. A professional photographer will be thrilled to take your photos. When a client reaches out to me I still 5 years later get so excited. I take it as them trusting me with priceless memories that they can cherish for a lifetime.
Professionals know the best angles and lighting that give stellar results and accentuate you and your family. They also know all the great photo shoot locations. As a Maryland photographer I have some epic spots located all around the Annapolis and Baltimore areas. Also, photos taken by a professional are always in high resolution and fantastic quality so these are photos that you will keep for a lifetime! Do it, book a photographer now (book me, book me hehe.)
2. Get your husband or significant other to take the picture.
If you are anything like me your cell phone camera roll is filled with heartwarming photos of daddy with the kids. I know I’m not the only one out there. Cyndy Gatewood wrote about how she does that same thing on her blog post over at Today Parenting Team. There might be moments where they were taking a nap together or maybe when daddy was playing horsey with your toddler. Whatever the case may be we need to change this up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a cute daddy and baby pic. But, we need more non-posed, real life mommy and baby pics! I want to see mommy with her kindergartener making cookies together. I want to see the teenager and her momma dancing together in the living room. Where are those pictures? Those are the kinds of pictures we need dad to take. So mom, do me a favor. Next time you’re having one of those cute moments with your littles tell dad to snap a pic on his cell phone real quick. Lord knows he’s probably got his phone in his hand already!
3. Get yourself to take the photo.
Ummmm…Selfie, anyone!? I know when we say selfie sometimes it has this connotation to it. A little self absorbed, a little vain. But in this case I think not. I’m trying to encourage capturing a memory that might have otherwise been long forgotten. If you are having a memorable moment happening with your children and there is no one else there to take the photo then guess what, you take that dang selfie instead of just photographing the children. Freezing a moment to be remembered forever should always be applauded. I truly believe that your children will appreciate being able to see you in the photo with them.
This is one tip I need to listen to. I’m the queen of snapping away photos of my littles but if daddy isn’t around I don’t bother doing the selfie with them. But not in 2018. This is a new goal for me!
4. Get a stranger to take the pic.
This is the least likely to be used option. It’s very hard for us to approach strangers to ask them to take a photo for us. But if you’ve ever done this before you’ll notice that people are nicer about it than you think. Extra points to you if you can find another mom out with her family to take your photo. Because chances are, she was hoping for a picture with her family too. So you girls can help each other out! When you approach the person you want to take your photo just be very nice with a big smile. I promise it will go a lot easier than you think!
5. Get your camera to take the picture itself.
Okay, I realize a camera is not technically a person but it still can serve this purpose. This is getting easier and easier to do the better technology gets. For example, I have an apple watch and an iPhone. I can set my phone up on basically anything and then hit a button on my watch to make the phone take the photo. Voila! If you don’t have an apple watch, no problem. Most smart phones have a delayed timer option. You can set your phone up, hit a button and you have 3-10 seconds to get in place and then it’ll take your photo. In a world where everyone carries their cell phone around 24/7 this should be a very easy way to get into more photos. If you are using a camera and not a phone then you’ll definitely be able to do this. Most, if not all cameras have a self timer option. You can set your camera up anywhere and get it to take your photo.
If you are going on vacation, attending a family reunion or any other big event then you could plan ahead to bring your tripod and remote shutter release. I mentioned the set up that I use in a previous blog post. This way you won’t need to run back and forth to the camera to hit the timer button. You can just hit the little button on the remote. Now tell me that doesn’t make it easy to get in some photos!
See, I told you I’d make it easier on ya. You now know of 5 people that can take your photos (well 4 people and one object.) What do you think? Will you go out and use this information to bless the world with more photos of yourself? I know you’ll at least bless your children with photos of you and them together. They will cherish those photos more than you know.
And just so you know, I practice what I preach. Below are two photos of me and my little ones. What cha think??
So there you have it. Now you have all the secrets you need to get in more photos with your family. I expect to see my Facebook and Instagram feeds full of mommy and me photos this year.
What did you think of this post? Was it helpful to you? Would you do me a favor? Leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you!!!
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Have a great weekend and stay warm!!!