The following post is from Krystal of Krystal Griffin Photography:
Moms are often the memory keeper, and therefore, the ones who are usually missing in the photographs. If by chance those roles are flipped in your family, that’s okay — all these tips still apply to getting dad into photos. In either case it’s never okay to be missing from your family’s photographs. You can’t be absent from family history. Your family MUST be able to see you in their photographs!
If you aren’t crazy about getting in front of the camera, that is another topic for another day. But trust me when I say that your family will treasure your presence in your photographs, the same way they treasure you in their daily life.
I have six ideas to start getting you into the family photos:
A six year old took this. I set up the basics for him and he did the rest. The camera was on manual and he could toggle the focus points. They really can do it. This photo isn’t perfect but I love it.
1. Teach your kids to use the camera.
Now, I have made this one easy for you and already provided some suggestions to get you started in this post. Your kids may not take perfect pictures, and they may have to take a few extras before you all make it into the frame. But you don’t need perfect pictures, just memories recorded. You also might find that you enjoy those images taken from their perspective.
2. Teach your spouse.
This tip isn’t much different than the last. If your spouse doesn’t know what to do with the camera, show them. Keep it simple and you will both be happy. Your spouse may already know how to use the camera and take some great photos. This is my situation and all I really need to do is remember to hand the camera over more often.
3. Take a reflection shot.
We have all seen (or taken) those bathroom mirror shots that end up as a Facebook profile. While they sometimes seem cheesy (usually accompanied by the duck face and some squished eyes), there is a lot of promise in that method. A mirror in your home is a great way to photograph you with a child or your spouse. Large dark windows (the kind on a store front or museum) are also a great spot to get a reflection. Even a large puddle or a wet sand bar will work well.
4. Use a self-timer or remote trigger.
Most cameras come with a self-timer and they are pretty easy to use. Pull out your manual (Google the instructions if you lost the manual) and start to practice. If you practice when it doesn’t matter, you will be a pro when you really want it to work. Another option is a remote trigger or shutter release. Most camera models are compatible with at least one remote. They are a pretty cheap item to buy and really easy to use.
5. Ask a stranger.
Yes, the traditional stand by, “Will you take our picture?” works wonders. Get your spot picked out, frame your photo up and find some generous soul who will help you. I often look for someone who is also trying to get a picture and offer to take theirs while asking them to take ours. If you are concerned about handing your valuable camera over to a stranger, consider who you choose to give it to. A mother with a stroller, an elderly couple or an employee of your destination is not likely to take off with your camera.
6. Pay someone.
While it is important to do all you can to chronicle your everyday life, and keep all family members in those photos, there is something to be said for hiring someone to photograph you and your family. A professional will be well worth your money to capture photos of you and your family just as you are right now. If you aren’t ready for a big family session, or you already did one, you might consider finding a mini-session. These are great for Mommy and Me photos or a few updated photos of just you. There are many kinds of sessions available with a professional:anniversary, family, modern glamour, lifestyle, etc. Any professional will help you get what you need with just a simple phone call.
How do you get into your family photographs?
|Krystal is a stay-at-home mom of four children, ages 4-9, whom she homeschools. She is acutely aware of how fast her children are changing and is passionate about keeping family memories alive through photographs. Now and then she gets to help other families’ bottle up their own memories at Krystal Griffin Photography.|