Children grow so fast. We all know that. One day they’re a tiny baby who wants to be cuddled by you, the next day they’re an active toddler who would rather be running around wreaking havoc upon your house rather than sit still. (Yes, experience speaking here.)
I love photography and photographing my little family. Recently though, I realized that I don’t have near the number of pictures of my newest munchkin as I do of his older brother at this age. It made me realize how super busy we get and how we can let those things go in light of trying to stay on top of other things. How awful it would be though, to one day realize that you missed out on so many moments, so many things that happened that are only a vague memory because you didn’t take the time to capture the moment. So here are some tips to help you capture those moments, giving you the opportunity to look back and remember these moments long after they’re past.
- Be Intentional
Make it a purpose to take the time to photograph those special moments. I don’t do well with setting a specific goal (such as three pictures every day of my children) but if that is what motivates you, than by all means set goals! No matter how being intentional looks for you, come up with some way (or ways) to consistently document your daily life.
- Set your camera within easy reach
One thing that I have noticed is that I am much more likely to reach for my camera when I have it sitting close by. Leave your camera out where you can see it as a reminder to capture your everyday moments. The wonderful thing about technology is that many of us have a pretty decent camera on our smartphones so if that’s the only camera you happen to have close at hand, by all means, use it!
- Mix it up.
Along with #2, don’t tie yourself to only one type of camera. Don’t use only your phone camera, you’ll want some photos that are better quality, especially if you want to blow them up into large prints. Change up between your phone camera, your DSLR (or other “nice” camera), and certainly don’t forget the video camera! Whether you have an actual video camera or have to use the video setting on your phone or camera, be sure to get some real live action going on.
- Don’t go for perfection.
Our daily lives are anything but perfect, right? Don’t expect your everyday photos to be anything different. You will want to remember the moment just the way it was, even if there are toys cluttering the background or dirty dishes piled in the sink. Your photos are telling a story and the imperfection can be part of that story. If the clutter is a distracting element in your photo and you have the time to clear it away, do so. But don’t sacrifice the split-second moment just for cleanliness.
I leave you with a challenge to capture your everyday moments in whatever shape or form they come in! So tell us, how do you make sure those special moments don’t slip by unnoticed?