Photographing Your Children At Home - 5 Ways To Up Your Game - Tip Two

TIP TWO: THE EVERYDAY IS MAGIC IN DISGUISE

Birthdays, Christmas, the first day of school, these are all important moments that should definitely be documented, but don't forget about all the other days in between. There is so much wonderful nostalgia to be found in your everyday, regular, routine life. And never fear, I’m not suggesting you run around like a crazy person, desperately trying to capture every single moment! This is simply a gentle reminder that your beautiful life is more than just milestones.

Here are some daily happenings I strive to capture from time to time:

  • Meal/snack times

  • Daily chores

  • Hobbies/interests

  • Dress ups

  • Backyard play

  • Getting ready for school

  • The kids in their bedrooms/our bedroom

  • Book reading

  • General shenanigans/play time

*Important note* While you’re documenting these bits and pieces, throw perfection to the wayside! It doesn’t matter if your kids are grubby, or their clothes are mismatched, or there’s dishes in the sink. Trust me, in ten years time, you're not going to care about those insignificant details. In fact, I’d wager to say you’ll be grateful for them, because they’ll truly take you back to a genuine moment. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the photos of our family life, that were taken without concern for a particular ideal. And even more so, the way they remind me of moments I would have otherwise forgotten.

Every day photos in and around your home are also perfect for creating little visual time capsules. When you include a little bit of your environment in your images, you’re inadvertently documenting wonderful pieces of life that give clues to the past. Old decor, a plant that was once knee height but is now head height, long forgotten toys, tiny onesies on the washing line, old packaging and labels on the food in your kitchen, the list goes on.

A little bit of your ordinary is going to be a big deal in years to come when the daily life that was, is suddenly a hazy, distant memory.

On a practical note, one of the best ways to ensure you don’t forget to document your regular days, is to make sure your camera is ready and waiting in an easily accessible place. Pop in a charged battery, insert that memory card, and put your magical time capturing friend somewhere where it can be grabbed quickly and easily - so, preferably not in that cupboard upstairs, or a ten minute search away! If your camera is not nearby and ready to roll, you won’t bother. Laziness is the enemy and proximity is power.

And with that, here are a few images from some of our past ordinary days that make me smile, and instantly take me back to days gone by. Cue all the nostalgic feels - well, for this Mama anyway

Friends, I know sometimes it feels like your daily life isn’t all that special while you’re in it, but one day the photos of your today, are going to be vintage treasures. Great photos are like fine wine, they just get better with age. So get your camera out and start making history.

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Some of my own childhood treasures. And guess what? It only takes around 30 years or so for that reeeally delicious vintage vibe to kick in. No biggie.