Because you were there, too: 16 tips for family self portraits

Because you were there, too: 16 tips for family self portraits

“Yes, honey, I was there, too. I was just the one taking the pictures.”

Is that the way you want your children to remember you? As the ghost in the frame?

We all talk about how important it is to document life, to capture memories for our families, to have a visual history of the day-to-day because the years are fleeting.

Well, I have news for you: you’re a part of that. You need to be in pictures.

So you don’t like to have your photo taken, huh? I don’t, either.

Get over your vanity. I say that lovingly.

Take a shower, put on a little makeup, throw on that shirt you love but never wear because you’re afraid someone will wipe his little ketchup smeared face on your shoulder. This goes way beyond pictures – when you feel good about the way you look, your whole attitude changes for the better.

Take care of yourself. Or don’t. Maybe you don’t have time to blow dry your hair today.

Your children don’t care. What they will care about is that they can see what their mom looked like at 25/35/45/55, that she played with them, that she gazed at them lovingly, that she laughed with them … capture that for them.

We need more than just the memories. We need pictures. You know that better than anybody. Stop making excuses.

Not sure where to begin? I’ve got you covered there …

1. Haul out the tripod

It’s not necessary, but it sure does help. You could certainly hand your camera off to a willing helper or set up a mountain of books to get your camera to the right height, but a tripod allows you to really be in control of the shot as you fine tune your settings and work to get your framing just so.

In many cases, it’s also much more secure for your camera. For my own purposes, a tripod is a necessity.

toddler with mom laughing in bed picture by Sarah Wilkerson

2. Choose your setting, then choose your settings

Identify your setting and prepare it as you would for normal shooting.

Pick up (unless you’re going for that this-is-what-our-house-really-looks-like feeling), pay attention to your light as you choose your camera’s vantage point, and try to avoid a lot of unnecessary background distractions in the frame, especially objects that could potentially appear to come out of your head once you place yourself in the frame.

Then set everything you can before even bringing the other subjects onto the scene: aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance.

mom holding son looking out window photo by Sarah Wilkerson

3. Prefocus

Prefocusing is key.

If it’s a more formal group photo, this is fairly easy (focus on someone else, then join the group yourself), but even if you’re capturing more candid moments, you can ask someone else in the group to stand still for a moment so that you can prefocus (or even use a stand-in such as a stuffed animal just to get the camera focused approximately where you will be located).

After prefocusing, be sure to set your camera’s focus to manual. If you don’t, your camera may re-autofocus on the wrong plane when the camera actually fires.

mom and newborn picture

4. Close down

Use a smaller aperture than what you’d normally select for the scene.

I usually close down by 1-2 stops as compared to the aperture I’d choose if I weren’t in the image and could grab focus and fire all at once. The last thing you want is to finally get an image of yourself that you (actually!) love, only to find that your face isn’t quite in focus.

Hedge your bets with a smaller aperture (for a full body self-portrait with my kids fairly close by, I’m often shooting at around f/5.6).

baby and mom playing
mom and baby snuggling in bed

5. Let your child press the shutter

If you have a child that is four or older (or younger than that, if you’re a brave soul!), let him/her play photographer a bit.

Place your camera on a tripod or identify a specific spot for your child to stand, then preset exposure, white balance, and focus. I also recommend turning off continuous shooting, else your child is likely to fire off dozens of shots in quick succession.

Next, show your child what button to press, and take your place in front of the camera. You may be surprised how seriously children take the job of “photographer”!

photo by Jackson Wilkerson (kind of), age 5

6. Use a remote … AND the timer

We’ve all seen the images in which group is smiling nicely at the camera, and there’s a blur of clothes and hair entering from the left side of the frame. Don’t be that blur.

You can, of course, simply give yourself a little more lead time with a longer timer setting, but you’re still running back and forth between the camera and the group. I recommend getting yourself a remote … then adding a short timer setting. That way, you have time to tuck the remote in a pocket or set it to the side before the camera fires.

You’re not running back and forth, and you can pose naturally for each shot instead of producing a series of images with your remote-clutching-fist (you’re not fooling anyone) pointed at the camera.

mother reading to children self portrait by Sarah Wilkerson

7. Hand off the remote

Like letting a child physically press the shutter button on the camera, letting the child be in charge of the remote allows her to feel invested in your “session” together.

It’s a fact of life that kids love anything with buttons, so you’re also more likely to get more extended cooperation (and consistently cooperative sessions down the road) if you let him/her be involved in this way for at least a few of the shots.

sitting on moms lap in sunlight picture by Sarah Wilkerson

8. Use an interval timer

Better than the remote/timer combination, especially for lifestyle or candid photographs, is an interval timer.

While interval timers are traditionally used for time lapse photography, they work beautifully for capturing a series of self portraits, firing automatically at your specified interval. That means that you and your children/family can relax a bit in front of the camera and perhaps even ignore it, letting it fire at will much like a third party photographer would photograph you.

Newer Nikon models have a built-in interval timer; to date, no Canon DSLRs have native interval timers. However, you can purchase external intervalometers for most any DSLR. I typically set mine to shoot 25 images at 10 second intervals.

pregnant mom holding son
hug from son to expecting mother picture

9. The one person rule

When you’re taking photos with more than just one other person, arrange it so that one person is doing something different than all of the others.

Depending on the setup, it can allow that person to really shine and be the subject of the photo. I encourage you to allow yourself to be that main subject. Some ideas:

  • You look at the camera, but ask your family to look at you or one another.
  • You sit (or stand) still, but have your children run, dance, or jump around you.
  • You face the camera; kids face away.
baby on moms lap while working photo

10. Get a new perspective

Set the tripod up low (kid height) so that full body shots don’t completely include the adults. Or set things up so that you’re shooting from behind. Or pull way back and get a ton of context and just let be as your family prepares dinner in the kitchen or plays together in the backyard.

Get creative. You don’t all have to be smiling and facing the camera. Sometimes it’s great to capture life unscripted.

holding baby on hip picture

11. Document your day

Charge your battery, load a fresh memory card, mount your camera on the tripod, and spend one day setting it up and shooting lifestyle scenes wherever you go – from breakfast to bedtime. This will be easiest if you’re spending the day close to home.

Not only is it a fantastic documentation of life that you and your children will surely appreciate having, but it’s a great way to start really paying attention to your surroundings, such as the color and quality of the light in the various rooms of your house at different times of day.

giving kids a bath selfie

12. Shoot your own perspective

This one doesn’t require a tripod. I am talking about going beyond your regular hidden position behind the camera and shooting yourself actively involved in your scene.

Basically, I want you to bring some limbs into the frame! It helps to have a wide angle for these shots, which are some of my personal favorites … THESE are the moments I’m experiencing as a mother. They don’t just capture my observations – they truly capture my experiences and – most importantly – my involvement with my family.

I close down quite a bit for these shots, since my depth of field usually needs to extend from behind the camera (where I’m located) out towards the other subject(s) in the frame.

holding baby in air photo by Sarah Wilkerson

13. More ideas

Here are a few more ideas that can help to generate interesting and natural family self portraits:

  • Have everyone make a silly face or do a silly pose. It may not produce the picture you want to hang over your living room mantle … but then, again, it may. Either way, there’s a good chance that it will help you and your kids/husband/etc loosen up.
  • Ask your kids to deliver the same expression that you do, or play Simon Says with them. It’s a great way to get them to engage with you instead of with the timer light flashing on the camera.
  • Let someone else be the director. Ask the oldest child what he/she wants to do, or have your youngest give everyone else instructions for posing or making a certain face. Letting your children be the boss for once makes the experience fun for them, and they may just think of something fantastic that never would have occurred to you.
  • Make sure everyone is touching, especially if you’re posing. It’s a classic rule of family portraiture, and yes – it still applies here.
having fun with self portraits and your family by Sarah Wilkerson

14. Use what you know

Most of the same rules apply here that would apply if you weren’t in the frame. Don’t be above bribery to get extended cooperation, make sure kids are well fed and well rested, and wipe faces and style your subjects ahead of time (if that’s something that is important to you).

15. Put your DSLR on autopilot for a friend or family member

Whether you’re running a three legged race with your six year old, giving birth, or giving a speech at your little sister’s wedding, there are likely to be plenty of times when you know you need to be in the frame, but the logistics of setting up a self portrait are impossible.

Know how to turn your camera into an oversized point-and-shoot so that someone else can get some shots for you. I understand that you love manual mode, BBF, and toggling your focus points — but if you hand your camera off to your brother-in-law that way, you may not get anything salvageable.

My “autopilot” settings before handing over my camera are:

  • aperture priority at f/2.8-f/5.6 (depending on the situation)
  • auto-iso (maximum iso 12800, minimum shutter 1/100)*
  • auto-wb
  • matrix metering / evaluative metering
  • auto area focus selection
  • shutter button autofocus

* If your camera doesn’t have auto-ISO, set your ISO a stop or so higher than you’d use yourself … better to have the camera using an excessive shutter speed than to risk motion blur!

mother holding new baby in hospital photo
photo by Malcolm Wilkerson

16. Have fun

It may sound obvious, but allow yourself enjoy the experience. While I emphasize not putting off your pictures until “tomorrow” (and tomorrow, and tomorrow), also keep in mind that there will probably be more opportunities to set up these “sessions” if this one doesn’t work out.

This probably isn’t a one time deal, so if your kids are truly not cooperating or you just can’t get into it, cut yourself some slack. Odds are that your goal here is not to document tension or holding your three year old in a headlock to keep him in the frame (unless that sounds like fun to you).

When it’s no longer fun, cut your losses and go upload your card … I bet you got some unexpected keepers anyway.

Have some of your own favorite family self portraits? Have other tips or approaches that have worked well for you? Share with me in the comments!

About the Author:

Sarah Wilkerson is the CEO of Click & Company and also provides mentoring services, teaches advanced Click Photo School courses on composition & creativity, and authors the “Why It Works” series in CLICK magazine. She specializes in low light photography, everyday documentary, and tilt-shift work. A former attorney and Duke graduate, Sarah resides in northern Virginia with her Army JAG husband, four children, and three dogs. Visit Sarah Wilkerson online.
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74 Comments

  1. Blair Sep 08 2011 at 10:10 am - Reply

    So true! We've got a ton of photos and I'm hardly in one. I'm going to bust out my tripod a little more and ask for a remote for X-mas. Great article.

  2. crystal Sep 08 2011 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Love this. This is my new task for the day!

  3. Nance Heidemann Sep 08 2011 at 10:20 am - Reply

    So true!!! Thanks for this article!

  4. Natalie Sep 08 2011 at 10:25 am - Reply

    YES!

    I've been trying really hard to get some of me with the kids and even hubby.

    Here's my favorite:

  5. Sarah Wilkerson Sep 08 2011 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Natalie, that is absolutely stunning — one of the best I've seen. I love everything about it.

  6. Imelda Sep 08 2011 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I love what I've read and this will be my next 52 week project. My son is more than two year old and I can count how many pictures I'm with him. Definitely have to do this!

  7. Stacey Haslem Sep 08 2011 at 11:02 am - Reply

    This article is a big kick in the pants that I need! It is so full of wonderful tips. Earlier in the year I took a series of Leah and I rolling around and loved the final product. Ever since I have been meaning to do something similar with each of my kids-something meaningful that I do with each one. This was a great reminder for me-thank you!!!

  8. Michelle Sep 08 2011 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting this! What wonderful ideas to get yourself into the photos that document your family's life!! As a personal photo organizer, I often find while working with my clients that the mom, as the primary picture taker, is in far too few of the pictures. And quite honestly, I can say that I am guilty of it sometimes myself with our family. But it truly is important to make sure that the person who takes most of the pictures, whether its mom or dad, is in the photos as well. Our kids want, and deserve, to have those memories and stories documented. Our photos tell our stories…they capture the moments that define our lives! Great article!

  9. Jill Schardt Sep 08 2011 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Just started doing this more recently! I set the timer on my camera to take 10 consecutive photos, I have a Canon Rebel T2i, and I always get a couple of good ones and it captures us playing or laughing, etc.

    Here are some recent ones.

  10. sheri j Sep 08 2011 at 11:49 am - Reply

    lots of great tips here, I need to work on doing this more often, thank you! I did use a tripod and remote for this and everyone raves about it when the see it on our wall.

  11. Linda Melendez Sep 08 2011 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I would only advice one more thing that has worked in my case, and that is get the family interested in photography too! My husband and kids may not always get the best angle when I hand them the camera, but they love the job, and if they do get a good moment that is well focused I can always edit and crop to make it look great! I am attaching my favorite pregnancy photo…taken by my 4 year old, with no tripod, just her little two hands, and I only did a little editing on my skin…that was all!!

  12. Cassandra OLeary Sep 08 2011 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    What a great article! I am never never in shots and when I am I'm normally not in focus! I would love to have some great shots of our everyday life and this article is very inspiring! I will definitely give these ideas a go!! Thanks!!

  13. Rebekah @ It Only Ge Sep 08 2011 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    My goal for this year is to take at least one self-portrait a month for the whole year. I decided a few months ago that I would start on my birthday in October and I've been jotting down ideas. I really want to be in more pictures – no one else thinks to take the camera from me to get me in the frame so I need to be proactive and do it myself!

  14. Ali Sep 08 2011 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I love love love this article… I just blogged about being the missing mama …i hate being in the pictures but i realized i hate being not in them more! Its definitely out of my comfort zone but i love the pictures you featured so i'm going to work on it!!! :0)

  15. Lacey Sep 08 2011 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I love this article … great ideas, ladies! I just took this one with the timer of my son and I during school-time. 🙂

  16. Angie Sep 08 2011 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    So true. I love this article. Thanks for inspiring me to get out the tripod and get in front of the camera!

  17. Marianna M. Sep 08 2011 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful tips! I am the most missing family member in pictures and that's no good 🙁 Will practice every tip!

  18. vanessa Sep 08 2011 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    My last child of three…my baby, I loved breastfeeding all of them and wanted to capture that closeness. Finally got the courage to take this picture as I realised that I was running out of time and would be soon weaning her. I think it is my most favorite photo of me, not because I look stunning…because I dont, but because, it is real.

  19. vanessa Sep 08 2011 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    hmm. can't seem to get the photo to post :S

  20. ShannonJoy Sep 08 2011 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Great article!!! I took over 1500 pictures in July. I was in about 10 of them. That number includes our summer vacation :(. Time to bust out the remote and tripod!

  21. JodyM Sep 08 2011 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    These photos and tips are all so inspiring. I love them and I will start to make the effort.

  22. Ashley Sep 08 2011 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    What great tips! I am forever reminding my husband to take the camera from me on vacations and outings. Half the time I end up being just a fuzzy figure.

  23. Sandy Young Sep 08 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Great, great pictures in this article, ladies!!! And great, great tips! Timely for me, because my husband and I are on vacation in New Hampshire and Vermont, and I've been busy taking pictures of Covered Bridges and beautiful barns and New Englandy-type scenes, but……I'm not in any of them!! Actually, neither is my husband! Duh!!!! I don't know why it's so easy to do that. Take pictures of everything around you, but never any of US having all of the fun here!! So thanks very much for the tips and for the idea itself. It's a great reminder, and I'm going for it, beginning tomorrow! 🙂

  24. Sallie Sep 08 2011 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Yes, Yes, Yes………………….you spend the most time with them and yet are rarely captured in the day to day..these are the memories they should be able to see for years to come. A gift for your boys, Sarah!

  25. Nikki Sep 08 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this article. I still need to be reminded of this. On one family holiday, the only photo with me in the picture was a shadow in the corner.

  26. Lisa (Tout Petit Pix Sep 09 2011 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Amazing!!!! Simply amazing. I feel so inspired, thanks a ton!

  27. Kristi O'Connel Sep 09 2011 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I have been meaning to get in front of the camera with all 5 of my sweeties, but since I can't seem to get them all in one place any more, I took a few minutes with my sweet baby girl. Thanks for the reminder… I love looking at old pictures of my mom and really want my kids to have that too!

    And Thank you Lord for the ever so forgiving back lighting!

  28. Cindi Sep 09 2011 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful, inspiring and informative article! Off to purchase a remote…

  29. Elle Sep 09 2011 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Such an inspiring article, looking forward to trying out some of these tips 🙂

  30. Maryanne Sep 10 2011 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Great advice.

    My remote switch lay proof to the death of Santa (noon shadows could not detour). Tea with Sasquatch will be captured next (:

  31. Kim Sep 12 2011 at 5:11 am - Reply

    We started adding a series of silly shots to the end of our traditional family Christmas portrait – and it's my parents (in their 60s), my husband, myself and our three year old daughter, and my siblings and brother-in-law. Even though we only have one child in the photo it's the funny ones we laugh about – and they make great "supplemental" photos with the nice family photo.

  32. celeste pavlik Sep 13 2011 at 11:17 am - Reply

    love love, love love love, love, LOVE! 🙂

  33. Nancy Falter Sep 14 2011 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    This is truly the ultimate challenge! Thanks for the great tips!

  34. Amy Lucy Sep 15 2011 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Wonderful article! And beautiful images. I'm inspired!

  35. Marla Sep 18 2011 at 4:31 am - Reply

    I've had my shutter remote for over a year now. I kinda forgot about it, but with a recent purchase of a tripod, I managed to find my remote . . . I'm determined to get more pics of me with my kiddos. . . Even the blurry ones are keepers, so for sure, try this at home!

  36. Joyce K. Sep 20 2011 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the reminder….we need to get in the pictures!! *Note to Self*, dust off my tripod and get it out under the bed…

    Love this post!

  37. Naomi Sep 21 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    These are great tips!! I'm planning on picking up a tripod this weekend, and can't wait to actually appear in some of our family photos from here on out!!

  38. Shaun G Sep 29 2011 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I have prob seen about 20 pics of me in the last 10 years, and even less with my daughter who is now 8 yrs young, I feel a tad ashamed…I have literally thousands of my daughter and wife ..but so few of me.

    Time to change all that , thanks for the advice more than the tips ..but nonetheless both are appreciated ! Kudos !

    Shaun G

  39. Rebecka Regan Sep 30 2011 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Great list. It is so important to have some images of yourself in there too- and I know that when I'm always behind the lens, I miss so much. It's nice to actually have "been there" for a few of those moments in our albums.

    Here's a recent one I took with my two children.

  40. Chris Oct 08 2011 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Great post. For iPhone users you can't beat http://www.XShot.com -$30 extending arm.

  41. Lynn Oct 09 2011 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I hope you know this is now being shared on pinterest.com and as a trained military photojournalist, its a great article! I was lucky enough to have one of my fellow soldiers take photos at my wedding and she took photos not only kneeling but standing on chairs shooting down. As for everyday photos, I'm always trying to get us all in and a tripod has been on my list of wants for a long time. My son has been deployed and his being gone has made me realize there is no better time like the present to get what you want- you aren't guarenteed tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Leslie Oct 12 2011 at 8:16 am - Reply

    LOVE this post. I do not have human children yet BUT I do have a four legged child! She is my child and I am always experimenting with the self portrait thing with her. She is a great model but I really want photos with her too. Great post and glad to see some tips and tricks that will help me out. Heres our latest- lots of practice and work ahead….

  43. Teresa Oct 12 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Love this article. As a single Mom I have very few

    Pics of my son and I together. I will change that immediately.

    Thanks!

  44. Rebecca Oct 18 2011 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Great ideas! It's so easy to get lazy about venturing out from behind the camera. I'm much better about making a practice of photographing myself while I am pregnant, and then I let the habit go once the baby is born. This article made has inspired me to get back in the frame. My youngest is now 4 months old and I have not been in a photo since she was born. This is a shot I took of me pregnant surrounded by my "big kids". We were all in a fun and silly mood after I let the kids go nuts with face paint all over my pregnant belly.

  45. Lauren Oct 27 2011 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Great post! I am definitely going to incorporate some of these suggestions into my shots. I always end up with photos of everyone except me…even though I do have a tripod and remote. Hmmm….

  46. Priya Nov 06 2011 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Great ideas…I love to experiment with angles, will learn and adapt your suggestions

  47. Mrs.B Nov 23 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Great tips!! I need to be in more pics! :/

  48. Ilze Nov 30 2011 at 1:03 am - Reply

    This was a great post !

    Just hate it when people look like the did it themselves..but so hard to always ask someone!! WOuld love to use these tips !

  49. gina stansberry Dec 05 2011 at 7:02 am - Reply

    can't see all the pictures…..great article, just wish i could see all the content….don't know if it's because it's an older post or if content has been removed.

    • Sarah Wilkerson Feb 04 2016 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Gina! This post has been updated with some new images, so if you get this notification … come back and see! 🙂

  50. Sandra Feb 04 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Just found this on pinterest. Really helpful tips thank you. I need to get myself a tripod!

  51. Tracie Feb 13 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Thank you for inspiring me to learn how to use my camera timer! I will now be able to be in the pics, not just behind the lens, or the seldom pic my husband snaps. 🙂

  52. Laurie Apr 09 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    This is such a great article. I'm always behind the camera but haven't made much effort at putting myself in the frame. The shots were gorgeous and have inspired me to give it more effort. Even one great shot will be well worth it!

  53. Inspire Me Heather Apr 20 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    OK, I just loved what you said about you being there too. I think there's a commercial on tv about that as well and it makes my tear up every time I see it. Anyways, I blogged about self portraits today and have linked this to it, thanks for sharing!

  54. Jenny Robertson Jul 08 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Revisited this blog post after reading it awhile back (from a pin!) — I'm now a member of CM and used the tips in this article for one of the CM classes I am taking! I really, really love this article because we photographers never seem to get into the shots ourselves. I love all the great tips on using my own photography knowledge to take those special shots for ME with my own kids! Thanks!!

  55. christinajirwin Oct 07 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I was just thinking the same thing the other day!
    http://mymommymakes.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/momm

  56. monetteanderson Oct 08 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this article! It was a great reminder that I need to be in the story I am telling. And not just when I hire someone for formal pics- but for everyday. I ordered a wireless remote and can't wait to use it. This inspired me to start putting myself in the frame.

  57. Paru Mahtani Apr 21 2013 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Thank you!!! this was such a brilliant post!! Will try out everything you said!!

  58. Jenny Jul 17 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I’ll eventually get to the point where I can photograph myself. I’m not exactly attractive so I don’t want my photos taken and used for meme’s or whatever… someday~

  59. Joanna Jul 13 2014 at 4:21 am - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to do this so much lately, and this was a wonderful post with some great tips! I’m so happy that you posted this because I think it will bring so many moms into their pictures, memories to cherish for generations!

  60. Janny Beimers Jul 14 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Yes, you are wright, I want to be more in the photo, my children are already out of the house, but with my grandchildren I’m always the one who makes the pictures and they will have always grandfather with them but where is grandma??? Yes she makes the pictures, hmmm, I have to change that!!!

  61. Jennifer B Jul 16 2014 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    What a great article! I finally used my interval timer remote the other day and am looking forward to using it more!

  62. staci Jul 18 2014 at 12:37 am - Reply

    great post! love your tips.

  63. Emily Jul 20 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I need to pull out the tripod and dust off the remote & capture some day to day moments with my little ones who are growing bigger by the minute! I am also intrigued about using an interval timer. My camera does not have one so I need to investigate purchasing one; it would be great for birthday parties, storytime, and even Christmas morning. Thanks for the tips, Sarah!

  64. Carol D Jul 21 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    This is my all time favorite post. I reread this every now and then to remind myself to get in the game!

  65. Alison Jul 23 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

    I love this post. It is such a good reminder to get in front of the camera with your kids.

  66. MelissaU Jul 25 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the tips. Recently, I have been made quite aware of the fact that us “mom-togs” are so often lost in history as we’re behind the cameras, and have been making a true effort to rectify that for our family. These tips are so wonderfully timed for us 🙂

  67. Melanie Johnson Jul 26 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    On my honor, I will try to be in the picture more. Great post!!

  68. Iris Sep 18 2015 at 12:01 am - Reply

    These are so helpful. Although I pre-focused on my first self-portrait attempt this past weekend, I forgot to put the lens on manual focus, so I completely missed the focus I wanted to hit. Back to the drawing board.
    Thank you for the list, Sarah.

    And all your photographs are amazing here.

    • Sarah Wilkerson Feb 04 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Iris! 🙂

  69. Liz Kiel Jun 08 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    How did you get the picture of you holding your baby in the air- I can’t figure it out?!
    Great pictures- thanks for the wonderful ideas.

    Liz

    • Sarah Wilkerson Jun 10 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Liz! I set the camera to timer and then set it right next to my head (I was lying flat on the bed), with the lens tilted towards my face a bit. 🙂 There were a lot of trial and error shots to get it framed well.

  70. Karina Pavlides Apr 11 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Sara. I’d been looking for a tutorial like this for a while as it seems that there are many moms this year doing “in the frame” images at least once a week. I needed a more in depth understanding of it all and you basically answered all of the questions that I had. I had already purchased a intravelameter (not sure if I spelled it correctly). Thank you for this!! One quick question, is there any possibility I can save this or bookmark this? 🙂

  71. Lisa Tait Sep 03 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    This is a fabulous, thorough and empowering post. Wish I’d seen it sooner! Thank you!!

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