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'He had no interest at first': Nichole shares how she finally scored a smile for the camera

‘I started chasing him just to have some fun.’
Mar 3rd 2020, 4:29 PM 511 0

EACH WEEK, A different Irish parent chats us through a family photo from Instagram and explains what was really going on outside the frame – from tantrums to toilet disasters.

Fancy taking part? Email with a few lines about yourself and your kids for a chance to feature.

IMG_20200120_190419_273 Source: Nichole Corcoran

This week, Nichole Corcoran (@beautybynichole_cork) chatted us through a smiley photo of her and her son Cullen.

Tell us a bit about this photo. What inspired you to take it?

I wanted to get a few photos for ourselves (I have always been obsessed with taking photos for memories) but also content for my Instagram page. I love professional photos but my absolute favourites have to be those candid photos, caught in motion, rather than posed.

What’s one thing that’s going on in this photo that you wouldn’t know from looking at it?

Cullen had fallen asleep in the car on the way. He isn’t one for naps, but if he’s in the car any time after 2pm then he is guaranteed to sleep. When we arrived he didn’t want to even walk, so into the buggy he went as we set off. Then he just wanted to be up in our arms, so I made a game out of getting photos and chased him towards the camera just to have some fun and my partner Philip captured this picture. It’s my favourite photo of them all.

Did it take many attempts to get the right shot?

I’m forever taking photos. The photo count and lack of memory on my phone will attest to that! My strategy when we’re out and about is usually to click and hope for the best, which is what I did here. I’ve taken some of my favourite family photos that way.

Do you have a family photo from Instagram with a great behind-the-scenes story?

The day at the beach when the little one ingested a mouthful of sand – or the smiley photo taken just minutes after a tantrum? If so, we want to hear from you! Email with a few lines about yourself and your kids for a chance to feature in What You Don’t See Here.

More: ‘It was so hard to get him home’: Shauna shares the tantrum-filled reality behind this snap

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