I have written before about the ways in which blogging about your teen and tween children differs from blogging about your pregnancy, babies and toddlers. I understand the dilemma that parents with young children face about using their images on-line. I do not want to enter the debate because I am so old and generally naïve when it comes to social media so I have little useful to say on the matter. I have other problems to contend with.
My daughters are aged 11, 15 and 18 and so I have to seek their permission before any images are used in a blog post or Instagram feed. That permission is rarely given and this leaves me with a dilemma. I am trying to call myself a parent blogger yet my pics make me out to be someone who lives on their own and is a little obsessed with food and trees.
If you have a similar issue, or if you have younger kids but don’t wish to put their faces on Instagram, here are a few tricks that have worked for me.
10 tricks for posting photos of kids on Instagram – when they are teens and tweens
1. The ‘from behind’ shot
This has two advantages. The obvious one is that it does not show their face. The second is that they do not know that you are taking the photo until it is too late and it is safely stored in your phone. I used this one of my eldest daughter just before she started university and called it ‘finding her horizons’.
2. The ‘body part’ shot
This technique clearly shows that you have kids but there is nothing to identify them. I have found hands to be good for this. I have used one shot of my youngest daughter with henna after a high school open evening and another of my 15 year old which sums up her ‘teen girl’ life perfectly for me.
3. The ‘something that belongs to them’ shot
What typifies teens more than some foot wear – on a beach or up a magnificent mountain?
4. The ‘cunning disguise‘ shot
When better to use this technique than at Halloween? Face paints do a pretty good job but a classy mask is even better!
5. The ‘from a distance‘ shot
Pretty self explanatory. They couldn’t be bothered to wait for me when I was taking some photos!
6. The sunglasses shot
Sunglasses are super-useful for obtaining shots of your teens. The mirror sunglasses are even better – I love all the reflections bouncing around this shot!
7. The silhouette and shadows shot
I find that shadows and silhouettes work very well on beaches!
8. The let the hair get in the way shot
If you’ve got long hair you may as well use it!
9. The water shot
Isn’t this amazing? Taken by my middle daughter using a Go Pro in a Spanish swimming pool!
10 The ‘thank god for that‘ shot
And sometimes, just sometimes, you get a shot that they are all happy with and get to look like a normal family. Well…nearly-normal. I even made it into this one!
You can follow my journey through mid-life with my big kids over on Instagram! I’d love for you to join me.
Have you used other tricks for posting photos of kids on Instagram, Facebook or on a blog?
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