It’s time we get *in* the picture

About 11 years ago, as a typical Tuesday or Thursday morning story hour at Barnes & Noble ended, a friend took out her flip phone and quickly snapped a picture of her 10 month old, sending it to her mom. “I promised I’d take a picture of him every day and send it to Mom so she can see him grow up.”

“Every day?” I asked, wondering how much room she had on that small silver bullet while making a mental note that it may be time to upgrade my cellular phone to one with a camera.

She nodded. “She doesn’t want to miss a thing while living so many states away.” Huh. I bet my mom wouldn’t want to miss a thing either, I thought. But every day?

A flip phone, 2 Android phones, a Windows phone, and 3 iPhones later, I still don’t take pictures and send them to my mom daily, but I’m sharing a lot more. And with the endless opportunities to share via Social Media, it’s simple for my mom to see all the photos of the kids she wants to see.

But, what about pictures of me?

While scrolling through pictures on my iPhone, recently, I realized I’m not too often in the picture. Sure, I can take a selfie, especially in the mirror in a dressing room at Nordstrom, but the pictures of the real moments, the moments I want to keep close, the adorable moments… I’m usually behind the camera.

It’s time for Moms to get in the picture

And Sprout, sponsor of the Mom is Here campaign and this post, agrees. It’s time to get infront of the camera. To take selfies with the kids and to hand off the camera or phone to a friend or, gasp!, friendly, safe stranger and ask them to take a picture of all of you. Looking back on your pictures, wouldn’t it be a lot more special to see everyone in the picture–even Mom?!

The Mom is Here promotion invites moms to take pictures with the family and submit them to their website by uploading an image, or submit via instagram by including the hashtag #MomIsHere. It’s that simple to include yourself in your photo-memories. A few of my recent #MomisHere moments are included in this post.

Mom Is Here Sweepstakes sponsored by Sprout

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Rather than taking pictures of the kids again and again, get in that picture and start taking shots that capture the moments together. To encourage moms to get in the picture, Sprout is hosting a Mom Is Here campaign and giveaway through April 27. Entry is easy, go to to upload a photo either via your desktop or mobile, or through Facebook or Instagram. Sumbit your photo with your name and email address, and remember to include the tags #momishere and #sproutchannel.

Do all that, and you’re entered to win.

The MomIsHere prizes

  • Grand Prize – $2,000 Spa Package
  • Ten First Place Prizes – $100 Spa Finder Gift Card.
  • All entries also have a chance to be featured in a commercial which will run on Sprout and also see their photo on Sprout’s electronic billboard in Times Square.

Photos may take up to 24 hours to be approved. All approved photos will live in a gallery on Read the official sweepstakes rules here.

This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Sprout and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own. and JMP Media are not officials of the sweepstakes nor are we affiliated in anyway beyond this sponsored post announcement. For more information and to enter, go to the Mom Is Here website. Also follow Sprout on  Facebook and Twitter. (While you’re following, follow Julieverse on Facebook and Twitter, too.)


mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. Janie Meyers says

    It’s Mom here! I love all the photos you post. I scan through FB everyday to see what you’ve posted and who’s in your pictures. Please keep them coming! The more the better & the more of you all in them – that’s REALLY better! Thanks Julie! Love you!

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