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How to take flattering pictures as a mom

How to take flattering pictures as a mom even when you don't look your best!

Have you ever avoided taking photos with your kids because you just don’t like the way you look or feel presentable? I have. And then winter hits and I’d go days in sweatpants around the house, with no makeup about half of the week… And I asked myself, is the done up me the real me? Or is this mom in pilates clothes with no make up on cuddling on the couch with my girls the real me? What do my pictures say about ME?

That doesn’t change the fact that I don’t want pictures of myself with sweatpants and no makeup on, but it did change how I approached my pictures. I found ways to take flattering pictures as a mom. I found new ways to capture the real me in real pictures that I treasure!

How to take flattering pictures as a mom even when you don’t look your best:

How to take flattering pictures as a mom even when you don't look your best!

1. Take a picture from a distance.

Take a picture close enough to capture yourself, but far enough to ignore the details.

This is one of my all time favorite photos with my girls. It’s so real. I’m in Pilates clothes, a clean shirt because Betty spit up on me. Betty was sick, so I wrapped her up! My hair was wet and wrapped up in a top knot, and I had no reason for make up. I like the way that I look in this photo, but I’m still the real me. Very real!

How to take flattering pictures as a mom even when you don't look your best!

2. Add sunglasses and/or a hat!

Don’t get carried away with this option or it will appear as if you are hiding behind accessories, but every once in a while, it’s a super fun option! Again no make up on, and air dried beach hair! It’s me. It’s me with my girls happy healthy and having fun outside!

how to take flattering pictures as a mom even when you don't look your best!

3.  Look away from the camera.

I was dressed, sure… but I was not a fan of my face this day. I didn’t even have make up on. And that’s ok. Not every day is a photo perfect day even when you look nice. So instead I buried my nose into Betty causing her to laugh and captured this photo. I actually love it more than if I would have had full makeup and looked at the camera!

If you look at my instagram, this is actually my most common tactic. Heck, I even like to do this when I look nice! I like how it allows me to be in any and every photo, without hiding, but still look completely natural. I always love the photo.

how to take flattering pictures as a mom even when you don't look your best!

4. Crop the photo.

Your face doesn’t have to be in every photo. I love this crop right now, because it shows me with my girls, but you don’t need to know that I just rolled out of bed. I’m not the focus of the photo, Betty is, but I’m present!

How to take flattering pictures as a mom even when you don't look your best!

5. Use props.

The final way I take flattering pictures as a mom is with prop usage. Yes my face is hidden behind the flowers, and no I wouldn’t want this every picture, but it captured a moment with my daughter. She was so excited to pick the flowers with me and hold her own vase and her little smile is peeking out from behind her flowers.

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  • I am alll about throwing on a hat or just cropping my face out! These are great tips!

    • Morgan Leigh

      Yes! Sometimes it’s just better

  • Do you just use a self timer?

    • Morgan Leigh

      Sometimes I do! But I also hand off my camera a lot too. I get the settings and tell them what I’m looking for.

  • Melina

    Thanks for the tips! I’m a new mum & feel like I’m always “not presentable” enough for photos with my beautiful bub, Pjs, flat hair & dark circles etc but have realised if I wait too long there won’t be any photos to look back on! Love these photos too, thanks again 🙂

    • Morgan Leigh

      Your welcome! I hope they help! You definitely want to be jumping in those photos before it’s too late 😉