Focus on Dad with Photobox

Did you know that dads appear in only half as many family photos as mum? Personalised photo gifting service Photobox have revealed that UK dads are missing from family snaps.

But where are the dads?

Well, the study carried out by Photobox determines that dad is most likely taking the photo or too embarrassed to get in the picture!

  • Dad is always behind the camera and not in front;
    • Mum prefers Dad taking the family photos (68%)
    • Two-thirds of Dads believe they’re better at taking photos than Mum (61%)
    • A third of Dads admit trying to avoid family photos altogether (34%)

I’ve had a think about these stats and I must admit I probably do feature in family photos twice as much as Mr T. Although I am classed as the ‘photographer’ in our household, I tend to set the shot up for him and the camera settings so that all he needs to do point and shoot. I’m left wondering if we do this because I am often taking pictures for the blog and I like to be in them or if this would just be the case anyway.

Although Mr T obliges me with the odd photograph he doesn’t really feel *that* comfortable in front of the camera.

Yet…

Photobox are on a mission to put Dad back in the frame and celebrate his great moments too, they want dads to be just as present in the photographs as the rest of the family and so this Father’s day it’s all eyes on dad.

We were challenged by Photobox to set up a photoshoot with the focus on dad, the only rule was that the kids were in charge of setting it up, styling dad (all the lols!) and shooting the entire thing.

A photoshoot for Photobox

Read to the end to find out how you could win a slot at the Photobox kids’ studio AND £300.00 cash. It’s a mega prize. Here’s how we got on with our shoot.

Now, I think we are quite lucky in that Lewis (16) has inherited my love for photography. You will notice that he hardly ever appears in photos here on the blog because he absolutely hates having his picture taken(!) it must be a guy thing? Hence, Lewis snapped up the job of being chief photogapher for this project.

Photobox sent us some fun props to help with the shoot, Rose and Holly were responsible for setting them up and Lewis took ALL the pictures. I think he did really well, don’t you?

It was very interesting handing my camera over to Lewis and watching him direct the shoot. I took a step back and let him do his own thing and I promised not to interfere. I was pretty impressed that he moved his ‘subjects’ around the garden to find the best light. Photographer in the making, maybe?

Photobox photoshoot

When getting kids involved with taking photographs Darren from Photalife suggests:

Don’t bombard them with too much information. The best way to start is to tell them to start by getting everything in the centre then they won’t go too far wrong. This is where having a screen is ideal as they can see exactly what they’re taking a photo of.

Photo booth fun with Photobox

It’s actually really cool letting the kids get involved with taking family photos, I also think because the photo session was organised by the kids it helped Mr T feel more relaxed in front of the camera. I am perhaps a bit too impatient when trying to get the ‘perfect shot’ but actually when you stop being overly technical and focus on having fun those really are the natural moments you treasure the most.

Focus on Dad with Photobox

For a Father’s day gift we ordered a few personalised goodies from Photobox as a reminder of the fun shoot. Mr T is chuffed to bits with his ‘Dad’ mug and has taken the photo block to put on his desk at work. The funky retro prints will be displayed in our kitchen, and the kids said it’s really nice to have a few more snaps of dad about the place. Lewis is really proud to see his handy work in print now we just need to work on getting him in front of the camera too!

retro prints form photobox

Photobox gifts for father’s day

I can’t recommend Photobox highly enough for personalised photo gifts at an incredible price point. The ordering process is super quick and easy and you are informed by email telling you what stage your order is at and once it’s been dispatched. There’s up to 50% off Father’s day gifts at the moment and still plenty of time to order online. I also noticed that there’s free delivery on orders over £30.00 just use code: FREEDEL30 when you place your order.

How to win a slot at the PhotoBox Kids’ Photo Studio 

‘Now it’s your turn to #FocusOnDad Fancy a chance at winning a spot at the exclusive PhotoBox kids photo studio, plus £300 to treat him to his perfect day out? Head to photobox.co.uk/focusondad for more details.

You can also tell PhotoBox why the special Dad in your life deserves a treat by using #FocusOnDad on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

This is an amazing prize and I think it’s a lovely idea. Imagine how brilliant it would be to win a day at a photo studio run entirely by the kids, with Dad as the star? I think even Mr T would enjoy it!

*This is a commissioned post

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Comments

  • Kate Tunstall

    Written on 10th June 2016

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    Love this! Well done Lewis! I particularly love the photo of Holly in the glasses pulling a silly face, and the one of Justin kissing Rose.
    #TheList

  • Emma

    Written on 10th June 2016

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    Oh this is brilliant and yes I agree that dads tend to be behind the camera, in my house it really is because dad thinks he can take a better photo! He probably can to be fair. I think Lewis did a brilliant job taking the photos, they are really fab. Also what an amazing prize too :-) #thelist

  • Alison (MadHouseMum)

    Written on 10th June 2016

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    Hi Amy, Fab photos! I love the idea of the kids and Dad taking over and you feeling a bit out of control, but ultimately loving the results. Photos make such brilliant presents. Great ideas there and lovely to link up with you through #TheList Alison

  • A Mum Track Mind

    Written on 10th June 2016

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    Fab pictures, didn’t he do well! I have to admit that I think it’s probably the other way round in my house – I’m in hardly any of the pictures because I’m the one taking them. I love the idea of giving the kids a go though – we did this once at a family wedding (not for the professional pictures of course!) and the results were really lovely – loads of candid, un-posed shots which are still some of my favourites now. Interesting to see the world through a child’s lens isn’t it. I love Photobox, I get all my prints from them and I featured them on my fathers day gift list. I’ve never had a bad product from them so I’ll definitely be heading over to have a look at this comp. Thanks for sharing x

  • emilyandindiana

    Written on 10th June 2016

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    You’ve definitely got a future photographer there, these are great pictures! I can’t say I agree with the statistics though as in this house I’m always the one catching moments of my OH with the kids, and he just takes pictures of scenery haha xx

  • Nadia - ScandiMummy

    Written on 10th June 2016

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    Fab post and super cute photos! I can never get my OH to pose for photos, he’s a littler older than me and I think he feels self-conscious about his looks, though he’s still gorgeous in my eyes. Great idea for Father’s Day #TheList

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  • Mummy Muckups (Anna)

    Written on 11th June 2016

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    Such beautiful photos. Would be very interested to see what my kids would set up with Daddy…tipping it would somehow involve Frozen or the Ninja Turtles somehow…He would look nice in a tiara!! #TheList

  • lizzie ( firstooth )

    Written on 12th June 2016

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    Lewis took really great snaps! Lovely results too Mr T will be pleased. At least if he’s behind the camera, you’re able to get in a few shots while he perfects his skill. We use PhotoBox occasionally and have bought mugs and things, I love personalised gifts x thanks for hosting! #thelist

  • An imperfect mum (Catie)

    Written on 12th June 2016

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    Your son took some brilliant photos. Looks like you had lots of fun! In our house it is me who misses out on the photos as I am always behind the camera. The only pics I have are selfies

  • Katie @ There We Go

    Written on 12th June 2016

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    I think we must be in the minority, because it’s me who’s never in any photos in our house! I love the idea of letting the kids have a go though, and the props are a brilliant addition! #TheList

  • Jo Sandelson

    Written on 13th June 2016

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    We love Photobox – I dread a day when virtual photos won’t exist and what will be left? Have made books of friends’ anniversaries and holidays – can’t give a better present than a ready made album!

  • Laura Edwards

    Written on 13th June 2016

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    My other half hates having his photo took but he would be up for a fun session with the kids in control – it’s a fab idea x Some fab photos, Lewis did a great job x

  • Carol Cameleon

    Written on 14th June 2016

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    Absolutely the cutest photos ever (shhh, don’t tell Mr T I said that!) and well done to Lewis! You have a beautiful garden by the way, and lovely that the sun’s shining Thanks for hosting #theList

  • Sunita

    Written on 14th June 2016

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    The girls’ daddy Mr. H tends to be behind the camera so he can avoid being in the photos! He’s been patient recently taking portrait pics of me for my blog. Not an easy job as I can be fussy about how I look in pics! ;) Think I need to get him to do more selfies with Big Munch and Baby Munch x #thelist

  • Silly Mummy

    Written on 17th June 2016

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    Great pictures! That’s interesting – it’s not true here. I don’t like being in photos so we have far, far more pictures with daddy in than me! #thelist

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