It’s that time of year again, where we look back on the things we did, the things we didn’t do, and the things we wish we would have (whoops!)
I don’t know about you, but no matter what my year looked like, I want to remember it someday. All of it.
I like the idea of being able to freeze time, and picture myself in 50 years, gray hair and all, sitting down with my grandchildren to show them who I was. What my family looked like. My cute pup. How we celebrated holidays. What vacations we took. And all the little moments in between.
Seeing from everyone I know that has a Facebook page, I think most people agree that taking photos of their own life & family and sharing them with the world is pretty awesome…
It DEFINITELY sparks joy for me. A lot of joy.
But a challenge that I have and that you might, too, is how to do it? How do we capture moments with the people we love most and also remain present?
One of my biggest worries is that I’ll become THAT person in the family that can’t put down their camera. You know what I’m talking about.
But, I also don’t want to let an entire year OR MORE pass, and then realize that I hardly took any photos. So I created a system for myself. A way that I document our life and preserve it without being the “always behind the camera” girl.
I thought you might find this helpful, so I’m sharing my tips with you!!
MAKE IT QUICK
Take the photo, and move on! I don’t constantly scroll through the ones I’ve taken, or spend time posting to social media right away, because then I WOULD miss out on things. Capture the moment, then live in it.
DON’T TAKE THE CAMERA EVERYWHERE
I only take my “big” camera about 25% of the time when I’m with family. I bring it to holidays, birthdays, and special occasions, but it’s definitely not permanently attached to my hand.
BE SENSITIVE TO CHILDREN
They especially don’t want to spend all day taking photos, so if you want a few “nice” ones that are posed, do them all at once! Making kids take photos ALL day is a nightmare to them.
IMPERFECT IS OKAY
I take a LOT of photos just to get a few really good ones, but sometimes, we need to accept the ones that are a little “off”, because it’s better to have those than to wait for the PERFECT light or expression, and end up with none at all!
I hope this helps a little bit! I’m already looking forward to organizing and PRESERVING my family photos from this year!
Drop me a line on Instagram and let me know if that’s something you struggle with (or just forget to do!) and I’ll let you in on my secret to how I keep everything organized!