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I’m almost never nervous to pull out my camera in just about any situation. At a park? Of course! In a donut shop? No problem! At a grocery store? Why not?! But when I pull out my camera around my husband, sometimes I have my guard up. I never know how he’ll react.

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Father’s Day is coming up, and you’d think this day, of all days is the one that my husband would be willing to smile for a photo. He LOVES pictures of himself with the kids when he sees them. But when he hears my shutter snapping he’s not always eager to be in front of the lens.

Thankfully, I’ve worked on him a bit. And I have some tips to share in case your husband is a camera-dodger like mine.

Be sneaky

Sometimes I’ve just gotta hide around a corner, or sneak up on them when they’re being cute, hoping he doesn’t see me with a camera in hand, or at least pretends he doesn’t. If you’re lucky, you’ll get some great candid moments to share with him later. It’s easier to be sneaky with a smaller camera or one of my DSLRs with a smaller lens on it. I like using my EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (aka pancake) lens because it’s not big and bulky. The smaller size makes it less intrusive.

Encourage him to do something he loves

little girl doing box jumps in a garage man cave

My husband loves sports and working out. If I say I’d like to go in the garage and have the kids do a workout with him, he’s less likely to care if I take pictures because he’s in his element and they’re having fun. When your husband is having a good time, he might not mind you capturing it for memory’s sake. I like using a wider angle to take these lifestyle shots so I can can get more of the scene of what they’re doing. I shot this picture at 24mm length using my EF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

Tell the kids to go jump on his lap

fathers day photo tips

Does he love to roughhouse? Capture those candid moments where they’re laughing and doing what daddy does best. Make sure you raise your shutter speed so you’re ready for the action. The higher your shutter speed the more you’re able to freeze the action (here’s a tutorial explaining shutter speed and more).

Go outside and play

Being outside with more space can make even the most camera-shy people feel more comfortable. While he plays with the kids snap a few pictures. If you’re far out in a field you can keep your distance and use a longer zoom lens to still capture them up close. Your camera’s kit lens could work if the focal length goes above 100mm even better. The EF 24-105 f/4 is a great upgrade option.You can also switch your camera to continuous shooting mode so it will take a burst of pictures as you hold down your shutter button. I like to do this then just save the good shots and delete the outtakes later.

Just don’t forget to put your camera down now and jump in to enjoy the fun too!

Ask nicely

Tips for photographing a camera shy dad.

When all else fails, say please. He may surprise you and say cheese! While I tend to appreciate the candid and lifestyle photos more, my husband doesn’t mind posing for photos every now and then. And these are the pictures he likes to print out and hang.

Good luck using these tips this Father’s Day to get the daddy in your life in the photos too! And if you’ve had better luck trying other methods please share your success in the comments. And for more tips on photographing your family and kids check out my photography course Child’s Play: Simple Tips for Photographing Children. It’s just $39.99 and a great gift!

In the short time since I’ve started this little project I can see it changing the way I think. It has been more than just a challenge for me to take at least one photo a day. It’s turned into a coping mechanism when my kids are driving me up the wall. Big T was up at 3am a couple nights ago asking for a four-course meal because he had fallen asleep too tired to eat dinner earlier.

Though I felt like crying, I found myself thinking “In 5 years he’s not going to want to climb in my bed in the middle of the night. I should try to cherish this.” It doesn’t mean I can’t feel miserable in the moment. But it does make my sleepless misery a little sweeter.

If you don’t journal, you may find this is an easy way to start. I’m enjoying seeing the photos and videos using the hashtag. From flashbacks to babies learning their body parts, to playful twins, and adorable boys playing with their new puppies! It looks like it’s been a fun week for many of you. It’s never too late to #Cherish365. If you capture a moment that’s particularly special that reminds you to cherish life, throw it in there! I always try to comment on it.

This last week flew by, some of the highlights were MLK Day and getting a new trampoline. I’m trying to throw some photo tips in here now and then too. Here’s our week in a nutshell:

biracial boy

Sundays I look forward to getting this little guy ready for church. Seriously! And to think I thought boys were no fun to dress up before he was born. He’s all untucked and a mess by the time we get home, but I can’t get over his dapper self as we head in to learn and worship.

Interracial family Celebrating MLK Day Tips

This evening after dinner we had our second annual “peace pie” which basically is an excuse to eat a dessert, but also a fun way we celebrate and talk about MLK with our kids. We had some good serious conversations about differences and kindness, outward and inward beauty; Changes that our nation has seen and more changes we hope to see. Strangely enough this conversation eventually lead to hilarious questions about where babies come from and needless to say, I’m now armed with enough blog fodder for the next few weeks. I set my camera up on a tripod and used my remote app to capture this family of mine I love so much. I’d love to recreate this same photo on MLK Day a year from now.

Cherish 365: The days are long but the years are short. A project to making moments last and cherish every day.

We ran around with Snoop in the back yard and practiced his tricks. I think his favorite is “dance” where he stands on his hind legs and hops around. Big T still thinks Snoop is some kind of horse he hopes to ride but Lil’ J has always loved snuggling him and lately he loves snuggling in her bed at night. We’ve had this pound puppy for nearly eight years and hope he will be with us for many more. I’ll admit I’ve taken him for granted since having kids, but now we’re making sure we cherish him more.

biracial girl scout

Who else has a Girl Scout and knows what time it is?? Last year this girl painted some stickers and asked me if she could sell them in the neighborhood for $5 each. I told her she could sell Girl Scout cookies soon. Today she was SO excited to don her new Daisy uniform and go door to door selling. I left her in charge of when we started and finished, counting the money, change etc. She gave her pitch as each person opened the door. Her goal was to sell 25 boxes and earn a patch and today she sold 25 boxes! Now she wants to up her goal. I’m one proud mama and going to remember this day for a long time.

Cherish 365: The days are long but the years are short. A project to making moments last and cherish every day.

It took 5.5 years of parenthood, but the first dinosaur toy has entered our house. Big T got it for Christmas from Granny. He likes to walk around roaring and chase us with it. Then request “dinosaur bite me!” When he wants us to chase him. He also got a glimpse of Jurassic World at Granny’s house and asked to watch the t-Rex vs I-Rex fight about 5xs today. Daddy does not approve. Can we go back to just liking trains? They’re much less vicious. (And no, he is not a fan of Dinosaur Train).

Cherish 365: The days are long but the years are short. A project to making moments last and cherish every day.

Today I assembled a new toy for my munchkins. I got a Target gift card for Christmas and was excited to spend it on a trampoline. Big T can jump jump jump ALL DAY LONG but the mini workout tramp wasn’t cutting it for him. This is 8′ diameter and perfect for both of them to jump together. We set it up and Granny’s so we can sit and chat while they wear themselves out. He was so sad to leave but I know he will be ready and excited to go back tomorrow.

Photo tip: Look for opportunities to get a frame within your camera frame. Here I did it with the trampoline net and positioned myself so Big T was jumping between the opening. It brings more focus to your cute subject!

Cherish 365: The days are long but the years are short. A project to making moments last and cherish every day.

I can’t think of anything that warms my heart more than the sound of these two playing together. All I heard was laughter and “tickle me again!” Over and over. When I saw this I ran to get my camera. These moments are often short lived.

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I’m passionate about documenting little moments with my kids, and sometimes that means making sure I’m captured in those moments too.


I want my kids to know I was there goofing off alongside them, and not always be remembered as being behind the camera. I think a lot of moms face the same problems I do with this… My husband isn’t always here when I want him to take pictures for me, and he certainly doesn’t take the initiative on his own. And when I do get his help, he’s usually not enthusiastic about it, and the pictures don’t always turn out, bless his heart.

Nevertheless, I make it happen. Now I enjoy taking photos with my kids on my own and I’m here to share my tips for taking self-portraits with your kids.

First, what you’ll need:
A camera (duh), preferably one with a timer and/or remote response.
A remote control compatible with your camera.
A tripod, or something to balance your camera on.

1. Take time to set up. The first thing I do is get my camera set up on my tripod in a nice prime position aiming toward a spot my kids and I will be sitting. If I’m indoors, I try to pick a place that is well lit by window light. I get as much prepared beforehand, so the kids don’t have to wait while I fumble around and change my settings.

10 tips for cute selfies with kids

2. Pre-focus. I try to do this one of two ways. In once instance I’ll set the camera’s lens to manual focus, then aim at my daughter or son, who is sitting where we’ll be, and focus on one of them. Or, I’ll leave my lens on auto focus, and use my camera remote.

3. Use a and remote timer. I switch my remote to the 2 second timer setting so once I hit the shutter button on the remote, I have two seconds to hide it before the photo snaps.

4. Snap away (a lot). I’m sure to take several different photos and poses before going to check my camera to see how they’ve turned out.

10 tips for cute selfies with kids
5. Let your kids take the photo. It’s fun for them to get involved and push the button. It an also make for some cute outtakes.

6. Keep the shutter speed up and shoot closed. I try to keep the shutter speed above 100 in case the kiddos have the wiggles, and the aperture higher than usual. That way you don’t have to worry about accidentally getting some of you out of focus.

7. Shoot wide. It’s easier to shoot wider than necessary and crop the photo than to try to aim the shot tighter and hope to get it just right.

8. Take a variety of angles/ emotions/perspectives. Raise your tripod up, and move it around after you’ve gotten some you like, play with angles.

9. Sit close together. Get snug! Hug, touch, cuddle. And keep snapping! I tend to like the sorta “candid” looks by making faces and sounds at my daughter between pictures. But it’s fun to take some all looking at the camera too. You can even make them into a “photo booth” style with your timer.

10 tips for cute selfies with kids
10. Have Fun. This of course is most important. Don’t stress about it, make it a fun event, and show your kids how they look in the digital previews.

My daughter loves taking pictures, but she especially loves taking pictures with me, or her brother. The ones I take myself with them aren’t usually as striking as the ones I take of them alone, but I cherish these just as much, if not more, because they capture the love I have for them.

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget


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