‘Tis the season to take tons and tons of photographs of the fam, right? But these days it’s always the season. I have 16,000 pictures on my computer waiting for me to do something with them! When I was a kid, my step-father was a photographer and he was constantly taking pictures of everything. Unfortunately he always had about twelve pounds of camera bags full of lenses, film, cameras, lens cleaner and the bags themselves weighed at least a pound. It was like traveling with a pro-bowler only with less beer drinking (but more pot smoking). Anyway…I digress. The point is, getting my picture taken became like second nature to me, in fact I barely looked up half the time. But I will say there came a time where it was too much! I started to feel self-conscious and irritable when there was a lens pointing at me. I could feel it looking at me the same way you can sense someone staring at you with your back turned.
My getting tired of having my picture taken never translated into getting fewer pictures taken of me and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t stop me from taking pictures of my kids even when they’re sick of it! Because let’s face it, it’s even easier these days! I don’t need a sherpa to follow me to my kids’ activities carting bags of equipment around. In fact, I have a great camera that makes it simple to take great quality pictures that I can snap and share. That being said, I still think it’s important to know when the kids have had enough. Here are 10 signs that it’s time to put the camera down.
1. Every picture is of your kids scowling.
2. They make sure to play outside only when they are sure it’s “bad lighting.”
3. Your kids stay nude most of the time because they know you can’t upload those to Twitter.
4. They smile at you and say “cheese” even when you’re not holding a camera.
5. When they see you coming they put their hand in front of their face like you are paparazzi.
6. They make fun of how many followers you have on Instagram.
7. They scream “Stop taking our picture and play with us dammit!”
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