Making more of an effort to get out from behind the camera has been on my mind, on and off over the last couple of years. We even bought a smaller camera with the idea that the kids could take photos of the family…and hopefully with me in it too!
Then a few days ago, I was asked to submit a photo for something. I went searching and I was shocked at how few photos I am in. Absolutely shocked.
If I wanted to change this, I needed to be a wee bit more demanding, “ok, now take a photo of me!”
I also needed to get over myself.
I remember last year, when I really grasped the fact that, how we look every day: no make up, our hair doing all sorts of funny things and daggy clothes etc, is how our kids see us every…single…day. So they are going to love that photo of us even if we are “unpolished”, because that person they are hugging in the photo is their reality.
For my children, I want them to have photos of me with them.
And for me, I want to accept and love the person in the photo….au naturel.
I have been challenging myself, by taking opportunities to snap photos of myself. I just set up the tripod and away I go.
Sometimes, instead of using the tripod I get the kids to take the photos.
I didn’t realise that this exercise would reward me with such fun (and funny) photos. None of these photos were taken by another adult. The shots inside were on a tripod (I bought a bundle similar to this S1800 model where you will see my mini tripod). The shots outside were taken by me or the kids using our Fujifilm FinePix S1600. (I usually shoot with a Canon 10D)
This is the mantra: It isn’t about perfection, it is about the memories….now breath! And take the photo!