I am a former photographer and now teach a photography class for moms called Mamarazzi of Tulsa (and offer online options for those not in Oklahoma). I feel, as Moms, it's so important for us to document our children's lives. And do it in a way that truly tells the story of their childhood. Not just the "smile and say cheese" moments.
1. Use the camera you have with you -- Whether you have a digital SLR camera or just a cell phone camera. While I would love to capture every single moment of my children's lives with my digital SLR....it just doesn't happen. Cell phone cameras have come a long way and can capture beautiful shots given the right lighting and composition.
2. Think about what you'll want them to remember -- I recommend creating a list, once a month or so, of the things your child is into. Their favorite clothing, favorite toys, their daily routine, etc. And take some time to document it. Those will be their favorite things to look back on as they start to remember.
3. Not just photos -- While photos can tell a great deal of things I also think it's important to document the milestones as well as funny things that they say and do. I use an app called Momento and write myself a note immediately after they say something I know that I'll want to remember. I love reading over the funny things that they've said.
4. How will you keep these memories? -- My favorite way to keep all of my photos and memories is with a personal blog turned into a book. That means I keep a private blog (only seen by me) that I turn into a memory book each year using Blurb. After creating 7 years of these books I find that they are my most treasured items. They hold nearly every single memory that we have and I am so grateful for a beautiful way for me and my family to remember. Even now, at 5, Hudson looks through my blog books that I create at year end and reminisces on moment's passed. And that is what it's about.
No matter how you keep these memories....it's important that you do so. What is your favorite way to document your children's lives?
Thank you so much, Jenny, for sharing these fantastic ideas! You've definitely inspired me! Isn't she just the best, y'all?! Jenny is one of the most talented bloggers I know and I couldn't have be more estactic to have her as a guest blogger for a day!