Getting YOU in the Photo
let’s talk about getting photos with everyone in them! because those are so important and special to me. i also wanted to talk about the importance of getting YOU in them! (talking to you mamas who are often the picture-takers…) i think sometimes we’re so focused on taking a picture of the kids, or dealing with other things happening at the same time around us, that you aren’t in any of the shots and it’s a bummer when you look back.
growing up, my dad took such incredible and raw footage of my siblings and me on his ginormous video camera and regular camera all the time! it’s amazing to have, and i’m so grateful, but he and my mom (and especially my mom) are rarely in any of the footage and as i’m older now and look back on it, i wish we had better documentation of all of us together. so for me, it’s been a big priority to try to grab that family shot as often as we can.
here are a few tips we’ve found helpful for doing so, since all the family photos you see here were taken by strangers while we were out traveling.
1. Strangers Are Friends
the first thing is to not be shy and just ask the stranger to take the photo for you. what we do, is we offer to trade and take a photo for them with their own group, which works out well for both parties! i usually try to find the stranger nearby who has a camera of their own (usually means they might know a thing or two about getting a good photo) or even the teenager in the group! these younger kids are so savvy when it comes to taking photos and they always get such a wonderful shot! (this photo of our family on the pier in bermuda is a great example of this. we asked a younger teenage boy who had a camera of his own around his neck to snap this photo, and he knelt down and really worked the camera and to get the sunburst into several shots! he was the nicest and i am so thankful!)
2. Make It Easy
the other thing that makes group photos feel a little easier, is to make it easy for the stranger about to take your group photo. i have my family in place, and i frame the photo as well before i ask them to take it. this way, when they come over, all they need to do is press click! this is another good time to put your camera on the burst setting, so they get at least 3-4 photos and chances are better that one will have everyone’s eyes open!
3. Zoom Out
another good tip is to zoom further out than you usually would, since you can always crop in later. this way, chances are better that if they do move the camera around, someones head or feet won’t be cut out of the frame.
4. Prop It Up
if you aren’t as interested in the family or group shot, but still want to get in more photos with your little ones (which i fully support!), you can always simply prop your camera or phone up! most all cameras and phones have a timer mode on them as well these days, and i have taken so many photos with the kiddos (when i’ve been out and josh hasn’t been with us) all thanks to the camera timer. sometimes it makes the moment extra fun or silly because we are propping my phone up on a bag on the sidewalk and all squeezing down low together to get into the frame, and the kids think it’s the silliest. but always fun! I’m always glad i took the moment to do that whenever i did, too.
i love looking back at the photos with all of us in them! and i’m always so happy we asked someone to snap one, even if sometimes i’m feeling so shy and silly, because they really make for some of the best pictures we have together.
a few more posts coming your way when it comes to your photography questions! i hope these have been helpful so far! if you missed them, HERE is the post about josh and me being self-taught and what equipment we use, and HERE is a post all about making photos fun for kids and getting the candid shot.