Everyone wants to take better photos of their kids, right?

I mean, of course, some parents are more into it than others, but the goal of better photos is pretty much a given. I hear from a lot of frustrated parents, and they are quite clear on what they are frustrated about, but in focusing on all the details, they are missing an important step:

Figuring out WHY.

WHY do you want to take better photos of your kids?

There are so many reasons, right?! I could list 15 reasons off the top of my head, and I bet you all could to, so that's not the issue.

What you need to do is figure out your TOP THREE REASONS - and then use that as your guide for all your decisions regarding photographing your kids, from figuring out what camera to buy, to deciding when to take your camera with you, when to pull it out and when to put it away, which photos to select edit and share, and how to invest your time and resources in general.

For example, here are my top three reasons why I photograph my kids:

  1. To capture the moment
  2. As an expression of my love
  3. To get closer to them

And actually, when I look at my longer list of reasons, many of them fall under these three things.

But figuring out your top three reasons can give you such clarity and sense of purpose, and can be a huge relief too. Knowing why you want to do something is a critical step towards doing it.

How do my top three reasons guide my photography?

Here are some examples:

  • To capture the moment - when I'm choosing which photos to upload for my photo-a-day project, I don't ask myself "which is the better photo" but instead try and choose the photo that represents what I most want to remember about the day.
  • An an expression of my love - If I'm feeling a little down and need a pick-me-up, I will often take my camera out and let the love flow - I use photography to remind myself of how much I love my kids… and my life
  • To get closer to them - if having my camera out is annoying my kids, putting distance between them and me, and preventing me from really being in the moment and enjoying it with them, then I put my camera away.

The photo at the top of this post is another example. Having my camera out and photographing Jack brought Liam over to us - he wanted to do "tummy time" as well which created this funny moment of him pretending to be Jack that we shared and that brought us closer. This also was a moment I wanted to capture that expresses my love for him, his funny personality, and how much he loves being a big brother.