A few favorites with my Canon 5d markII
There’s a rhythm to my family life. Seasons that mark the passing of time and the changes, both good and bad that occur in the span of a lifetime.
Sometimes we only catch the highlights: births, weddings, big events, first times. But there’s so much beauty in ordinary moments. The days that slip past us unnoticed are the ones we will try so hard to remember later.
I noticed when my first child was growing up that I tended to get out the camera on Easter, at Christmas, Halloween and at the pumpkin patch. As I got more interested in photography, I started taking pictures sometimes daily, and was finding that the ordinary moments I was capturing meant so much more to me than the posed holiday shots.
They made a tent, got hot and tired and grouchy. iPhone 4
How the kids looked when they tumbled into my bed in the morning. The living room destroyed by the magic of tents. A quiet moment with a book. Sisters brushing each other’s hair. A little one on tip-toe brushing her teeth. These were tiny peeks into my kids’ childhood that opened up a flood of memories.
Prepare for the unexepected. Getting these shots means being a little prepared. Having your main camera with a memory card loaded and battery charged will make it easier to be ready when the fun times roll. Even easier is grabbing that iPhone. Just be sure you have enough space for more pictures. The phone telling me I am out of room for pictures has bummed me out more than once.
Also go ahead and deactivate that flash. You won’t miss it. And you won’t miss the scary red eye glow.
Spontaneous hugs. iPhone 4 without the flash, indoors after dark.
The true seasons of life show up in more ways that holiday decorations and Christmas sweaters. You’ll find them when your daughter wearing a swimsuit, a snow hat and eats an apple straight off the apple tree on summer day. When your son pulls a fish in out of the pond. Belly laughs with friends. Cuddling up with bedtime stories. If you don’t already, you will come to love the beautiful everyday ordinary moments. Each one building on the next until you find yourself turning the pages of a story. Your story.
It’s time to begin. What moment will you capture today?