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Monday, July 23, 2012

31 Days of Photo Fun: Day 23... Idea: Photograph Their Favorite Things


Welcome to Day 23 of our Month of Photo Fun! I hope you've been enjoying all of these tips and ideas, and enjoying even a few assignments. Today I've got another idea for you, one that is especially helpful for us moms of young ones. Consider photographing all the details in your little ones' lives, before those details are gone.

Our kids are such beautiful little people. I am constantly bugging my kids to sit still for a moment so I can get a shot of their gorgeous eyes, their toothless smiles, and their fun new haircuts.

But we need to remember to also photograph the little details in their lives for their future memories. The things that are so very important in their lives today will soon fade away and we need to capture them in photos for our kids to enjoy again someday.

Photograph their Lego creations or the fort they built with their own hands. Soon enough, the Legos will be put aside and deemed "totally lame"!


Photograph them embracing their favorite movies or characters. My son rotates from Star Wars, to Ninjago, to Harry Potter, on an almost daily basis. Soon enough all three will make way for cooler things. I dread the thought. But I loved capturing his version of Yoda! (also couldn't resist shooting that awesome mohawk!)


Photograph them cuddling with their favorite little stuffed animals. Not only will the poor thing get dirtier and dirtier with every day of love, but someday it will be tossed for perfume and nail polish, and all that teen girly stuff.


And of course, we cannot forget the American Girl Doll! When we were kids it was the Cabbage Patch Doll. I loved mine so much and made her so dirty, my father nicknamed her "the mechanic" and threatened to take her to work with him whenever he had a brake job. She was my favorite doll, just like Kit is Brady's, so I'm glad I've got this portrait of them together.


Remember the clothing too. Photograph them enjoying their first love. Cookie Monster has already given way to Elmo (ugh!), then Thomas the Tank, and now dinosaurs. Our babies change quickly, so it's important to photograph these details now.


And of course, it doesn't have to be just their loves. It can be yours too! My son has NO IDEA who Ferris Bueller is, but this was my favorite shirt of his for a very long time! Every time he wore it, it made me chuckle (along with many of our friends). So you can be sure I had to get a photo of him in it. Which brings up another point. The shot doesn't always have to be perfect. The memory is worth the "less than perfect shot" sometimes, so I'm ok with this "way too bright" photo. And I think the drool on the shirt makes it all the better!


What are your little ones gaga over these days? What special activities and friends are in their lives? Be sure to capture them today. We all know that tomorrow brings new friends, new games, new loves, new joys.

Let us know what you captured for your kids today!


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