Carpe Diem - and seize your camera too!

Hello Photog Parents!

Can you believe we are already in February? Time really moves too fast - which is of course what got me into photography to begin with. I am always trying to capture all those moments in my kiddos lives' before they get away from me.

This year I am participating in the 365. A project in which I am challenged to shoot daily. You will here plenty about it. I highly recommend it for photographers and hobbyists. More to the point - I highly recommend this to moms in general. You do not have to be trying to create art to take a quick pic of your kiddo each day. Just be that paparazzi mom and use your cell phone!

Seriously, what are you waiting for! My girls are now 13 and 11. I feel like they were 2 and 4 yesterday.

My 365 Insights for you!

1. Always have a camera or phone on you. It is amazing how moments happen that are unexpected. Or, really, it is typical with kids. Assume always, something will happen. ;-)

My oldest and I were bored while waiting for a friend at the local movie theater. So... we got some photos for no reason. Now this is one of my favorites and will always remember this day and being silly together. Not sure how many days are left where we can run around outside a movie theater being silly before she gets too mature. ;-)

2. Leave inhibitions at the door. It is easy to feel watched by other parents and, let's face it, judged. I had to stop caring what other moms might think of me. If I want to race after my son at pick up, drop to the snowy ground with camera pointed at his back, while he climbs the 1/2 fence, then let the other parents gawk! They might think I am crazy, but this is a moment I want to remember. Although, most other moms have confided in me that they like seeing my pics. Maybe they are not judging, maybe they just need an excuse to do the same thing.

3. This is the best advice I got so far and I want to pass it on to you: Take photos of what you want to remember. It is too easy get caught up in the technique of the photo or how beautiful a portrait it is or what others might think of the photo. Do not lose sight of what is important. This is really about what you want to remember.

This is our old lab. She loves my son and follows him everywhere. She especially loves sitting underneath him at the kitchen table. When my son thinks I am not looking he feeds her - which is why no matter what diet I put her on, she is always big. Really the vet should be yelling at my son, not me. Haha. This is something never want to forget.

4. Start a photobook now! I just started organizing my daily shoots and collecting the stories that go along with them. It only just occurred to me to include them in a book. I am shocked by how much time it is taking to just catch up with the month of January. So right now, visit Mpix, Shutterfly or MyPublisher (my personal favorite) and put the photos into a saved book at the end of everyday - or at the end of every week, whatever is easiest. I do not suggest waiting a whole month. Remember along with the photo to include a quick story - things that in a year you might not remember, but when you go back to read it you smile.

My son and I were having a hard day on Wednesday. I took him to one of his favorite locations to play on the "big boat". We ran up and down the gang plank, we wore hats, we looked through the telescope and we found buried treasure. The whole day went from a bit of a bummer to absolutely awesome. I now have story I definitely want to remember - it has already gone into the book. I can move on to the next moment.

5. Feel free to share you photos as comments here! Include a story if you would like. I would love to see what you are getting. Doesn't matter how you get your photo - on your phones, on your camera, on your tablet. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing those moments that mean the most to you.

Happy Photog-ing!


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