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5 Ways to Get in the Photo this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is so special to us Mother’s. 365 days out of the year, we toil, we sweat and we work hard to raise our children. But on Mother’s Day,the day is all about us. My Fab 5 and I sat down at Ted’s Montana Grill in Downtown Decatur and laughed over motherhood, love, and life. And came up with our top 5 things for Mother’s Day.


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The photo above, would not normally be a favorite of mine. But it’s one of the few recent photos of myself and my baby with my Canon 6D.

But I love it. I love it because it’s proof that I was there. Proof that I exist as more than the mama behind the camera.

So for this Mother’s Day, I’ve got the:

Top 5 Ways to Get in the Photo This Mother’s Day


1. Get a tripod 

Your first obstacle to not being in your photo is : who is going to hold the camera? Should you balance it on the table and get on your knees so you fit? No, just invest in a tripod. Any tripod will do! Set the timer and run back to your kid. And you are in the Frame. DO IT.

2. Get a remote:

Better yet, after you get that tripod, also invest in a remote. No more running back to your child’s side to get in the frame in time resulting in you being sweaty and out of breath. Just DO IT.

3. Hand over your camera:

Husbands, sisters, friends can operate cameras. If you have a fancy DSLR and worry that they won’t know how to set it, set that bad boy to auto and let someone else take the photo. Do this on vacation. Do this at the park. Do it at your backyard barbecue. Just DO IT.

4. Take a selfie:

Those forward facing cameras on our phones are perfect for getting in the frame with your kid. You can see yourself and you can see if your kid has a smear of chocolate on his lip( true story). Just DO IT.

5. Stop worrying about how you look:

This is my most important tip. When our kids are 30 or 40 or 50 years old, they won’t care that we were overweight. they won’t care that our hair wasn’t perfect that day. But they will have that memory of the two of you together. they will have a photo of the love that shines through your eyes as you look at them. That’s priceless.


Check out the other Top 5 Posts this month from:

Fab Haute Mama Top 5 Mother’s Day gifts for New Moms

Lipgloss and Binky Mother’s Day Gift Guide Under $100

Bernetta Style  Top 5 Gifts Moms DO NOT want for Mother’s Day

Kokoa Magazine  5 Ways to get through Mother’s Day Without at Mother.

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    Bernetta Style
    May 1, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Great tips! I can say… I am at pro at this LOL!!

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    May 1, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I have a tripod and remote and still don’t get in One of my goals this month is to show more pictures of myself. I tend to think selfies are narcissistic but I see the good in them as well.

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    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    May 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I am SO determined to get in the picture this year! My eldest boy is always asking to take a selfie with me. I always do it now, it’s a great way to keep the memories 🙂

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    NYC SingleMom
    May 1, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I am so bad about including myself in the photo so I appreciate the tips. I love them. Now I just have to get my tween on board to get in the photo with me.

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    May 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Great tips! I’m trying to be in pics with my girls a lot more.

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    May 1, 2015 at 11:46 am

    You dont have to look perfect!! YESSS.. thats me sometimes. But I have been taking selfies with them..Don’t forget the importance of PRINTING them..otherwise it was all in vain

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    May 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Love this! My husband just said the other day to me that I’m not in enough photos with the kids. I never really thought about it but he was right! I think I’ll grab a tripod and see what I can come up with! These are great ideas! More photos with mom and kiddos is a must!

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    May 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    These are great ways to get in the photos! It seems like many trips my mom wasn’t win the photo cause she was busy taking it. I have noticed even the same thing with our travel pictures when we travel.

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    Chasing Joy
    May 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Such great tipe. The last one made meteary-eyed. Isometimes have to force my mom to take pics with me now. There are hardly any of her with me when i was younger mostly because camera phones didn’t exhist then so thry didnt take as many photos but also because sbe never liked how she looked in pictures.

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    Siobhan (BeFree Project)
    May 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    These are great tips. I find myself often taking selfies to get pics of me and the family. However I want a full view pic so I’ll be handing over my camera more often so I can be in the pic. 🙂

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    May 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    This are great tips. I am actually looking for a tripod, because I feel that sometimes the pictures are blurry because I move my hand. The other tips I need to apply are the take a selfie, I am usually NOT in the pictures, since I am behind the camera, which leads me to the hand the camera one. I need other people to take pics of my family so I am actually on the pics of us enjoying vacation. I am looking for a new camera and will check out the one you have. Hopefully is not to high on price.

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    May 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I did get in the pictures last mothers day for the first time in a while it’s important to get from behind the camera and I am doing that more and more.

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    May 2, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Don’t forget about setting the interval timer!! That works wonders for me!

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    May 2, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I agree… with Mother’s Day coming up, lots of mommies will be snapping photos of the kids! They should make sure they’re in the pictures as well. I really like the tip where you say that they shouldn’t be too worried about how they look. I think that relaxed photos look best.

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    May 2, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Really great tips! I can’t even count how many times I have been looking back at photos from a family event or day and thought “where was I?” The majority of the time I was behind the lens but these are some really gret and eay ways to make sure I get in some of the pictures as well…thanks so much!

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    Miranda (Myrabev)
    May 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    These are some great tips, happy mother’s day to you and all the mothers out their. We thank you and love you for the work you do all year ride with pure love and determination.
    I need to get me a remote for my pictures and a proper stand

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    May 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Ummm tip 3 aint gunna work for me.. my husband is a shaky, picture-ruining saboteur. But otherwise I love your tips and am getting a remote for my old faithful camera super soon.

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    May 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I need all these tips! Seriously, I take so many pics of Z and then I’m like darn I should have gotten in the shot. I’m going to work on this and actually printing more photos too.

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    aimee fauci
    May 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I need a tripod and I need a remote! I also need to stop worrying about how I look.. there are filters for that darnnit.

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    Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes
    May 3, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    #5 is my favorite tip. I really need to work on overcoming my own insecurities and just love myself the way my kiddos do. Thanks so much for the reminder!

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    Logan Can
    May 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Great tips and a wonderful reminder that we need to get in the picture every once in a while.

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    Alli Smith
    May 4, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I have the camera, the remote and the tripod. I’m just not photogenic and I hate every picture of me. I need to bite the bullet and jump in that pic on Mother’s Day. 🙂

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    May 4, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Oh I absolutely LOVE THIS! Especially for tip #1 and #2. I’ve been meaning to really get those two things forEVER!!! For now I keep using my webcam mounted to the top of my laptop. But I would like to take photos using my iPhone so a tripod is a must!! Plus a remote.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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    May 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I love this post, your tips are right on! I have all too often worried about what I have looked like and fail to join in on capturing the moment. Recently I had a photoshoot with my daughter which was unexpected and I loved the images mostly because it captured the way she views me. We need to stop worrying about what we look like and worry how our children view us.

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    Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake
    May 4, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I have ALWAYS been guilty of taking so many photos on trips, but forgetting to include myself in them. If I was showing them to people, they’d never know I was there! These are great tips, and good reminders to put yourself in the moment. You have to live in front of that camera sometimes, also! Love the pic of you and your son – so sweet! (Also, a reminder that I need a remote!!)

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    Vashti (
    May 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    These are great, practical tips LaShawn. A tripod and remote definitely come in handy for someone like me, who takes her owns pics as well.

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    May 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    These are great tips! I have to admit I am usually behind the camera. I did take some selfies last week my kids, no make up, and unplanned. It was a chance for us to be silly and bound. Life isn’t always pretty and perfect and I want my memories to reflect real life.

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