It has been about 41 months since my daughter was born.
In the course of that time, I have personally taken 8,000-10,000 photos of her during various adventures, activities and outings.
I can probably count on my fingers and toes how many I have actually had printed for display, but that is not the point.
They were sent to grandparents who missed the day to day growing up that happens while some have been used in this blog to go along with posts.
In the last year, since I got an iPhone, I have drastically stopped taking photos with my “real” camera for the well-lit, high-resolution pics. It mostly just comes out for special occasions now.
But I am truly grateful for having a record of her growing up. It is just like everyone told me. They grow up so fast.
I recently sat down with my laptop and started looking at photos from the day she was born up to her third birthday.
It was fascinating to see the changes and what has stayed the same. Even in the photos, you can see the personality and mischievous smile at an early age.
In those 15 minutes with the computer, I watched her grow from helpless to independent eater, from a baby to toddler and now my kitchen sous-chef and growing up and being picky about clothes. She’s gone from dress hater to lover, hater to lover and finally back to lover again.
There are pictures from days I can’t remember but thankfully the images bring the memories back. With that in mind, here are 4 simple tips to capturing the moments you don’t want to forget.
4 Simple Tips For Capturing Family Memories
Firstly, a bad picture is still better than no picture so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get the moment right the first time.
Secondly, you can never take too many photos with a digital camera. You are not paying for film and processing every photo so take a million and delete most of them. Save the best ones. I create a separate folder on the computer for the images I want to crop and send out for family and friends.
Thirdly, make sure you save your originals. Don’t overwrite the only copy of the photo. You will regret it if you do.
And finally, have fun with it. Take photos from different angles, up and down. Just because an image may look funny on the screen on the back of the camera, don’t delete it until you look at it. One of my favourite all-time photos of my daughter was taken and she was trying to block me from taking the photo and her hand is blocking part of the image.
In 15 years when she is away in school, I want to be able to remember the little girl I raised. The photos I have and will continue to take will help me remember when she needed daddy’s help.