With a camera! Silly people, with a camera! Not a gun. Sometimes, I know that you have days like that, but believe me, it’s not worth it!
Instead, get out your camera and take pictures of them! Ten years from now, you will miss how they were that day. Ratty hair, mix-matched outfits they put on themselves and dirty fingernails – these things slip away from our memories. Capture them in pixels (or film!)
1) Which brings me to the first point. Take the pictures. Take them with your big fancy DSLR, your point and shoot, your camera phone, whatever. But take them.
Even if it’s not the ideal conditions.
2) Capture their favorite things. Where they like to play. Where they go if they need alone time.
3) Don’t forget images of them when they are sick too!
4) Get down to their level. This is probably one of the most common tips given everywhere. And yet, it still comes as a surprise how often the low shots are taken!
Even more than that, get down to the ground. Not just to their level, but lower. We are always looking at our kids from above. We are (almost always) taller than them. And while it’s great to get images as we see them now, we also should try other ones! So get down. And then go lower!
5) Don’t forget to get pictures of your kids interacting with other people, other children and animals too!
Like how my daughter will copy her Grammy in almost anything she does.
How she loves her grandpa, even if it doesn’t look like it in this picture:
How much of a daddy’s girl she is.
The bond she has with her big, tough, scary uncle.
And of course, her sheer love of babies.
Her fearlessness of strangers.
Almost scary, in fact, how much she loves new people. But that is something I want to capture! Having it to remember. And also to teach.
But that is the biggest thing to remember.
Savor the moments.
6) Don’t lose yourself completely behind the camera, you want to make sure to interact….but you want to enjoy and be able to share them with others too.
Kathy is a busy mom to an almost 2 year old named after a book character and loving wife to an amazing stay at home dad. To support her family, she works outside of the home and then comes home to dabble in freelancing. Between her photography, virtual assisting, web design, social media and icon making for Mummy Deals, she keeps busy and out of trouble! Most importantly, she loves love and is always willing to spread a little bit of love wherever she goes! Visit her at mrssoup.wordpress.com, alifecondensed.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.