3 minutes I said “yes” {photo tip}

In person and on this blog, I am frequently asked about how I get my kids to not run from my camera or be bothered by it. I share several tips in both SnapShop courses about this topic. I thought I would post one of those tips here today. I’ve mentioned it before – I lead by example. What I mean by this is if my kids have an idea for a photo or if they ask to take one of me I try my best to say, “yes.” This scenario played out this week while I was working on building some new tables. I thought I would share with you what it looks like with my oldest daughter….

She always wants to help me build or craft. As I was taking a few tutorial shots for a future blog post I looked across the table and she was playing with my drill. I snapped this shot:


Immediately she asked to take a photo of me. I set the camera on the opposite end of the table (it was a little heavy for her to hold). She told me to pose like this:8.14intheshot-02

When she saw the photo she took, she was frustrated it was blurry. My focal point was set to the center, which was too high to focus on me when I was squatting down. I moved the the focal point to the bottom center position while she demonstrated the next pose she wanted me to do, but with the nail gun and drill.8.14intheshot-038.14intheshot-04

Then she gave me another pose, but she didn’t want me to hold the drill.8.14intheshot-058.14intheshot-06

Finally, I asked her if we could use the timer and take one together.8.14intheshot-07

The whole thing took about 3 minutes. I was in the middle of something else when she asked, so it would have been easy to say, “in a minute” or “not right now” when she asked to use my camera. Often that is how I respond. But really….3 minutes is not a big deal. 3 minutes doing something together that was her idea and grows her love for photography. 3 minutes that help her see what I enjoy when I am the one holding the camera. I need to say “yes” more often.

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  • Sarah - I love these pictures! Right now I am also trying to say yes more and it is so rewarding. Thanks for the reminder and photo tip.

  • Christin - Such a wonderful tip! Thank you

  • Jamie - Love this post. Agree, 3 minutes means so much to children.

  • Ashley - Followed your blog for years… will you please tell us what you do to your hair now that you don’t straighten it as often? I am dying to quicken my morning routine and our hair looks very similar. I can’t seem to shake the straightener yet.

  • allie - I feel like the days greatest treasures are in those “3 minutes” when we choose to say “yes”. like our kids know we are in the middle of something, but instead chose to do what they wanted and they totally relish in that! thanks for encouraging us to be “yes moms”!!

  • Jenny - The pictures you take of your kids always look awesome, no matter what you all are doing! 🙂

  • Cassie - I love this! Great advice!

  • Jules M - I love that you did this. I love that she was patient to work through some photos until she got the camera to get what she was envisioning. Thanks for taking those 3 minutes.

  • kimberly oyler - girl you are so tan. and i love these pictures.

  • Carrie Owens - what a great reminder, I love these images 🙂 and I love that you got one of the two of you together!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Great job, Firecracker! I really love the one of your mom at the table with her arms crossed! And the one of both of you makes me smile!

  • Christine - Wonderful tip! I’m going to try it this weekend!! Thanks!

  • Sarah - I started a 365 project when my oldest turn one, for every day that she’s a one year old. We’re a little more than half way through and for more than a month now she runs when she sees my camera come out. Most of the photos have to be done on my phone when she’s not looking, because she’ll immediately stop smiling or get out of the way if she can :(. Hopefully it’s just a phase and she’ll get excited about photography when she’s big enough to understand it like little Firecracker.

  • Ruth - You are awesome 🙂

  • elizabeth H - BEAUTIFULLY BEAUTIFULLY said Ashley!!

  • Zulejka - Somehow you always inspire me to be kinder, more creative and more loving to my kids. Actually, you make me want to have more of them (i have two);) I also love your decorating style!

  • Crystal - Geesh, I almost cried on this post!! 🙂 so good.

  • Janna - Seriously…those pix are so cute I could just about cry!! (Yes I am pregnant, why do you ask?? 😉 ) Makes me really want to have my camera out more. I absolutely LOVE your blog and all the color and uniqueness about your house and life. So fun! Thank you for sharing with us!