I read Elizabeth Willson's post about storytelling through your lens after we visited the local blueberry farm, but was a bit proud of myself for actually following most of her tips already. Since reading the post, though, I'm looking forward to trying this again and capturing each of the different images she suggested.
I'll be honest, we chose to visit the blueberry farm for something other than photos - we were hungry for blueberry pancakes and blueberry muffins. Still, it did provide a nice opportunity to capture my family interacting and their personalities.
Like Elizabeth suggested, I did try some wider angles to capture more of the bigger picture and surroundings. I also focused in on details like little hands carrying buckets full of blueberries, and little fingers picking berries. And of course I also focused on my son sneaking blueberries when he was supposed to be picking, though I couldn't say much, because I was doing the same thing.
I also made sure to capture my children interacting and luckily I didn't have to take Liz's suggestion to photograph the bad moments as well, since the visit went fairly well until Little Miss decided she needed a nap. Even then we were able to get her to the car and home for a nap before a major meltdown happened.
As for "getting in the frame" I didn't use my own camera, but did finally ask my husband to grab one of the kids and I together with his cellphone so they would see that "I was there too."
And like many I wasn't thrilled with a photo of myself, but when my children are older and look at the photos, they won't see what I see. They'll simply see their mama. Or at least I hope.
For our next trip I'll try more of Liz's suggestions of trying different perspective and switching up with lenses, even though right now I'm only carrying around two.