Don’t Forget the Details

We’re at least midway through the summer now.  Are you checking things off the ‘must do’ list?  We have been and, like the good photographer mom I am, I’ve been documenting it all.  If you’re like me, you do a great job of documenting trips, events, and outings.

Are you documenting the everyday joys of summer, too? 

Image courtesy of SPS Member Shannon Wald

I have to admit that as my kids have gotten older (my youngest is nine), I’ve gotten away from doing this.  A quick look through our members groups on Facebook gave me a good reminder. A big part of the reason that we wanted to learn to take better pics of our kids is simply that we’re there.

We’re there when our little ones ride their bikes for the first time or are enjoying ice cream way past bedtime.  We’re the ones watching kids slurping juicy summer watermelon and dribbling the juice down their chins or squishing small fingers through the sand.  We watch them play pretend or play a board game (hopefully, we join in).  We need to capture these moments, too.   There’s definitely something to be said for remembering to live in the moment, but I think there’s a way to find balance between the two.  

Here are three easy ways to help make sure you’re documenting the little joys as well as the big adventures.

Image courtesy of SPS member Heidi Lauger

1.  Let your camera live on the counter.

Yep, I said it.  Will it be in mortal danger?  Maybe.  But I’m going to bet that you will take more pictures if you can visually see it sitting there than you will if it’s put away.  I bet you’ll also be more likely to grab it as you run out the door.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Nicole Paul

2.  Challenge yourself to take (at least) one picture every day.

If you’ve got that down pat, up your game to three pictures a day.  You may realize the kids are already in bed by the time you remember to get your shot the first couple of days, but maybe in your quest not to repeat that you’ll capture a simple summer breakfast the next day.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Jamie Willenborg

3.  Write a prompt list.

You can make the prompts as simple or as detailed as you’d like.  Coloring, eating watermelon, reading a book, playing games, corn on the cob, s’mores, baking cookies, and eating ice cream would all be on my list.  Let your kids help you write the list!  Ask them what their favorite parts of summer days are or ask what they’ll remember most about this summer.

Image courtesy of SPS Member Kristen Buttitta

However you choose to do it, do make sure to document the little things this summer.  You’ll be so glad that you did!

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