The quest for a self timed photo

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I think about photos a lot. You probably worked that out about me! During our trip to the US in 2008 I began a tradition. I realised that we were not in any photos together. Here we were on our first crazy jam-packed road trip and we had no evidence of us together standing in front of landmarks and famous attractions.

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So I started looking for a spot to put the little point and shoot camera, set the self timer and run back into the shot to join Gav for our photo together. The funny thing was though that very helpful folk always offered to take the shot for us and although there is nothing wrong with handing your camera over to a helpful stranger I really wanted to be self-sufficient and develop a strategy for grabbing a shot anywhere, busy with people or not.

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It turned into a bit of a challenge for us, trying to get the shot taken before anyone asked to help us out. We had quite a few laughs, aborted photo ops and blurry pictures along the way.

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I’ve carried this tradition on during all of our holidays since and I have scrapped lots of the self timed photos too but this year I seemed to be obsessed with the quest and took the most self timed shots ever.

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The ones in this post are the pick of the crop. They are not perfect but they are all ours and they tell their own story as well as adding to this one I’ve told here today.

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The lesson? Make sure you get all of you  in the frame whether it’s two of you or twenty two.

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2 Responses to The quest for a self timed photo

  1. Mary-Lou says:

    Good advice. I don’t like photos of myself unless at a distance (lol). I think the last 3 photos are the best of the bunch and I like the bike action photo; the boardwalk photo has aspects for being the favourite; the angle and you both look very relaxed. The blue sky the blue seaside has that fantastic cloud feature. Of course the third one from the top is another relaxed one and I like that your “big” camera is in the photo. Oh what am I saying, they’ll all good.

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