Family SELF Portraits – North Georgia Family Photography

If you’re anything like me, I photograph my family constantly. I tend to mostly use my iPhone, but I do occasionally break out my Canon. I found myself using my mega camera more this year than in recent years. I guess it has something to do with Norah being born and wanting to really capture these tiny moments with great quality images.

The problem with being a mom, and I’m sure most of you can relate, is that you and I are rarely *IN* the photos. We photograph our families constantly. Taking photos with our phones and sharing on Instagram or Facebook. There’s never really any photos of us. Sure, there’s the occasional “selfie” but we really lack in timeless photos of MOM that our kids can look back on.

I was inspired by a blog post I read on Clickin Moms back in December. It was titled,

“BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE, TOO: 16 TIPS FOR FAMILY SELF PORTRAITS.”

Sarah Wilkerson described different ways of photographing you with your children. It had never occurred to me before! I am home with these babes so much. I spend all day every day with Norah and every afternoon with Ethan. Of course! I never even knew I wanted to photograph me with my babes until I read Sarah’s post.

I knew Christmas was just around the corner and this would be Norah’s very first. I had already planned on using my “real” camera on Christmas with her and Ethan, but I had never considered being in the photos myself. Also, Norah’s birthday is two days after Christmas. Her first party was quickly approaching and I wanted to be in the photos instead of just behind the camera!

The first thing I did was get online and start shopping Amazon. I wanted to buy a wireless remote to put on my camera so that I could control when the shutter went off. I was able to capture Norah’s first Christmas AND her first birthday party with me in the photos. No more hiding behind the lens!

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After the new year, while Ethan was home on Christmas/New Year vacation, I decided to put Sarah’s post to use. I woke up and actually showered and put on a little makeup. Let’s be honest,  this normally doesn’t happen until later on in the day when Norah is napping, (if at all – can I get an “AMEN”?!) I spent the morning doing normal things. I did the dishes and washed bottles, folded laundry, rocked Norah for her nap, played with Ethan and just spent some quality time with my kids. These photos are SO PRICELESS TO ME! I am ever so thankful that I did this. I hope to even make it a semi-annual thing!

I love these photos. Norah is always walking circles around my feet while I do dishes.

Silly Norah, fighting sleep the best she can while poking my face.

Ethan and I can rarely take a photo without making silly faces.

These next few images really mean the world to me. I love how great of a big brother Ethan is to his sister, Norah.Family0016

Thank you so much, Sarah Wilkerson. You really inspired me to be *in* my family photos!

I hope you all enjoy and maybe feel a little inspired yourselves.

Amanda Urso Perry

Lanie 'Reinhart' Coulter - January 23, 2015 - 4:11 am

FANTASTIC!!!!

Amanda - January 20, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Thanks, love!

Amanda - January 20, 2015 - 9:44 pm

Beautiful!!

Sarah Klimczak Wilkerson - January 20, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Oh Amanda!! These are wonderful; it gave me the chills seeing all of these beautiful moments. I’m so glad you did these — and your children will be so thankful to have them, too. xo

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