When I first started blogging I debated whether or not to use photos of my own children. I chose to use their names and pictures in some of the blog posts and feel comfortable doing so. Here’s why.
Most of my posts have something to do with my kids. It seems more genuine to use their photos.
I’ve already exploited them.
I post their pictures on my social media accounts. They are the stars of my social media accounts. I like posting them. It’s kind of like a millennial scrapbook of their childhood. You can check out my instagram here. I post tasteful photos that do not put them in harm’s way. Yes, I know nothing is safe anymore, including a simple picture.
My kids have done child modeling since before they were able to give me consent to. Some may call that exploiting, I call it fun and a great way for them to make a few bucks. Yes, anyone can take a screenshot of any one of the pictures I put in my post but they can also cut out a picture of them in the Kohl’s ad or go look at them in an In-store sign. Since I’m admitting to exploiting them, I might as well shamelessy plug them too, here’s the latest pajamas they modeled for Kohl’s and Cierra on the cover of American girl doll.
I have cute kids.
The actual pictures of my kids are cuter than the stock images. I might be biased. But seriously look at her face. Why wouldn’t I use it.
One other thing I questioned when I started my blog was whether or not to use their actual names.
It is less confusing for me to just use their real names rather than calling them Sticky, Icky, Goody and Froyo or whatever nickname I feel suitable for the internet. People, I have 4 kids, it’s confusing enough to get their names right. I’m always combining names and calling the kids the wrong thing. Ava, Kayla, Cierra and Brianne it is.
Overall, I think it depends on the content of your blog and your personal preference. I personally don’t mind sharing my kids and find it easier, while others may think it’s completely wrong.
What do all my fellow bloggers do and why?