I hope that through the course of this past week of tips, you have started photographing your kids daily and have found that you have far more moments worth capturing than you realized.
If you've been following along with the 7 day challenge to take better photos of your kids, whereas before you might have felt that you kept missing the moment, now you almost have an overabundance of moments worth capturing!
This is a good thing, but it can be overwhelming. How do you decide what is most worth capturing? How do you decide what is most worth sharing?
Capture what you most want to remember about this time
I’ve been taking a “photo-a-day” of my kids since I first became a mother seven years ago. Truth is, I take far more than one photo a day, but at the end of each day I choose one photo to feature or represent that day.
It would be easy to choose the photo that I think looks the best. But to keep me focused on how it feels, not how it looks, I instead choose the photo that represents what I most want to remember about the day. Even if it isn’t technically the “best” photo, it keeps me honest - it keeps me focused on what I know I will appreciate most in years to come, and what my kids will appreciate most in years to come.
When you know what you most want to remember about this time,
you’ll know what to capture.
And when you capture what you most want to remember about this time, you will find confidence and joy daily through photographing your kids.
You’ll experience a more positive outlook as you focus on all the good moments you have with your kids - the everyday ones and not just special occasions.
And you’ll find a purpose to photographing your kids that will give you the forward momentum you need to organize, edit and share your photos with ease.
5/14/17 update: This challenge is no longer available but check out our new challenge: 7 days to finding joy through photographing your kids.
Featured participant photos
"I learned a lot this week about getting up my courage to shoot from a closer distance than I’m usually comfortable doing. At first it felt like I was getting in her space. But if I take a few minutes to talk with her with the camera in my hands in front of my face, snapping while talking, the photo op transforms into a connected, intimate moment, similar to cuddling." - Jill Barshay
Wow Jill! What an absolutely beautiful moment and photo - the natural eye contact, beautiful light, and the color and texture of her sweater against the sofa. Love the close crop too that captures mother/daughter intimacy - this is definitely frameworthy!
"Caught the moment... an 'I'm happy to be home" hug I got from Tilly just as I happened to be getting the phone out onto camera. No time for focus or anything ...just grabbed the moment by chance." - Teresa Outhwaite
Teresa, I just love the moment and emotions captured here in this beautiful black and white. Natural and lovely.