If you’re reading this blog, you already know how important photos are. You’ve probably got thousands on your phone. But how many of your favourite photos do you feature in? Once you’ve discounted selfies, the chances are it’s not many. Read on for 5 tips on how to exist in your family photos.
1. Ask your partner to take a photo
This sounds easy when you see it written down, but how many of us actually do it? When you’re in the habit of being the one documenting your family, it doesn’t always come naturally to ask someone else to take over. And don’t stop at asking someone to take a photo, ask them to be in charge of taking photos of your and your children for half hour next time you go the the park, or when you’re reading a bedtime story. Ask them to take 10 different photos, then go through after and select your favourites.
If your partner is keen, you could always sign them up for the beginners photography course. It’s a great way to ensure they take more photos!
2. Ask your kid to take the photo
This is one for those of you with older kids. They don’t have to be that old to take photos, my 18 month old loves walking round with my phone camera telling everyone and everything to say cheese. Older kids enjoy the responsibility, you may even decide to trust them with your DSLR.
You can give older kids some tips for better photos – try setting the zoom to 2x, this helps take a more flattering portrait. Teach them how varying the height of the phone and the angle they’re shooting at can completely change the perspective of the photo (and help them avoid taking photos up your nose!).
3. Learn to use the self timer
This isn’t ideal, but getting in the photo is important so I wanted to put all the options out there. The camera on your phone and your DSLR have a self timer. This means you can set up the shot, press the button and then do a mad dash to get in the picture. Even better if you have a remote, then you can take a series of photos without having to get back up to press the shutter button again.
4. Book a professional family photoshoot
Book a professional family photoshoot – and make it a regular thing. Make sure you get some photos of you with each of your children, and some of your family all together.
5. Print Your Photos
It’s all very well making the effort to get in the photo, but what are you going to do next? Make sure you print your photos out and display them somewhere where you can see them every day.
Existing in your family photos only happens if you make it happen. Make time to get in the photo with your child, not just today, not just this week, make it something you do on a regular basis. Your family will thank you for it.