Today is the last post a seven-part series about Capturing the Everyday as a spin-off from my Baby Center post called 7 Ways to Capture the Everyday. If you missed last week, I wrote about capturing recipes.
I saved the most important for last. But it’s also the hardest to capture. The incognito, the rare, the elusive YOU. The one who hides from pictures because you’re “having a fat day,” because you aren’t wearing your make-up or because you’re embarrassed to ask someone to take a picture.
In the nicest way possible, I say: get over it.
Yours kid don’t care that your hair was frizzier than normal that day…
… Or that you thought those pants made your butt look big.
… Or that you’re feeling frazzled. Or sad. Or angry.
They won’t care. They’ll just want a picture of their mother one day.
That day may be tomorrow. It may be when their life is turned upside down. It may be when they have kids and want to show them what “grandma” used to look like.
Regardless, your children will treasure those pictures of you. So make sure you’re in them.
Pictures to Capture (Ahem, With You in Them)
A Weekend Outing
Whether it’s a trip to the park, the mountains or just the backyard, capture you hanging with the family. Here Big Roo is taking a sip from my Camelbak. He loves that thing.
Capture the Everyday
Well, that’s a shocker coming from me right? But really. It’s bedtime and Big Roo is about to brush his teeth. Except that Little Roo (a little Little Roo at that) is eyeing that toothbrush. And I gots my camera.
Exciting (or Mundane) Vacations
Don’t get too caught up in vacation to forget taking pictures of yourself on vacation. After all, you were there too. Even if you were running around crazy trying to make sure everyone is taken care of (like us mamas tend to do).
THESE are the moments we so often fail to capture ourselves in. We can remember to get a group shot of everyone smiling at the camera but this? We forget the magic of this. Your kids will SO treasure pictures like this.
The Semi-Thoughtful Pose
Yes, I look like I’m deep in thought when really I’m wondering when my hush puppies are going to arrive (we were sitting on the patio at a beach restaurant). Maybe you’re looking at a sunset. Or reading a book. Remember, not every picture has to be you looking at the camera.
How to Get Into Pictures
Hand Over the Camera
Pass it to your older kids, your husband, even a stranger. Let someone take a picture of you for a chance. I know you may not want to ask someone. I hate asking people to. But it’s for the greater good!
Use a Self-Timer
If there’s one thing to learn on a camera, it should be the self-timer. Plop your camera down (gently), run for your life, then jump in a shot right before the BEEP BEEP BEEP FLASH!
Use a Remote
Some cameras sell itty-bitty remote controls that turn your self-timer into a take-the-picture-when-I’m-ready feature. This is the remote I use. It’s less than $15 and has saved my butt a number of times.
Use a Tripod
If you have a little patience, set up a tripod so you can get in a shot. Just know that little kids think they are WAY cool so they may try to climb it (ask me how I know).
Use a Mirror
Just like I did in one of the pictures above, a mirror is a wonderful help when no one else is around.
So, did I convince you to get into pictures more often?
I hope you enjoyed the series on capturing the everyday! If you want to capture the everyday too, be sure to join my meme each week. This week’s assignment?