The other day I looked at my child and said to him ‘when did you grow up so quickly? Where is my baby gone?’ He replied ‘I am not a baby anymore’. Of course, I want him to grow up, but this fast?
Sometimes I am too busy to take photos of him and then when I realize how much he has changed, I feel guilty. Before I used to photograph him at least every couple of day, but now, as he started the school and has many other activities, I don’t have him at home all the time. I am sure many mums can relate to this. For this reason I made a list of ‘ monthly must have photos’.
Apart from obvious photos of mum and dad with child, you should also have:
1. At play
Children love to play. By playing their fantasy and imagination goes wild and that is important part of their growing up.
Try to be as non-obstructive as you can. Don’t ask them to look at you, play with toys you think look best on the photo or move this way or that way. Just be there, quiet, vigilant and patient waiting for the moment to happen. Be one step ahead and predict what is going to happen next and you will get the shot, if not, try again next time they play.
Tip: When I see my son doing something interesting, I always snap the ‘safe’ photo without fiddling with camera or looking for the best angle. I want to make sure that if that moment is over, I have got this one image even though it might not be the best one. Then I move quietly and look for best way to capture the situation.
2. Favourite toy
New favourite every week? Yeap, I’ve been there. Usually it is some kind of car, but always different one. Also he goes through the phase of dressing up and I end up washing his favourite iron-man costume every other day so he can wear it all the time. Take a photo of this, it is important one.
At first remember: DON’T ask them to say cheese! I see it all the time and it makes my skin curl.
Why would anybody want a photograph of child’s face with clenched teeth and emotionless expression? Instead, make them look outside the window looking for plane or ask them to think about present they want for Christmas or MAKE THEM LAUGH. As a result you will get a true smiley face not a frozen one.
Also you want to photograph their face from different angles not just looking at you. After all, it is not fun and they will get bored of you very soon.
4. With siblings
This is important photo, not just for your kids but for you too, isn’t it? It is a great feeling to see the siblings growing together. Are they playing together? Sleeping in the same bed? Arguing about toys or food? Grab a camera and take a photo.
If you have a pet, take photo of them together too. Pet and kids can have wonderful bond and it would be pity not to have this in your family album.
No sibling to play with? Invite his/her mates for play date or go the the park together and take the pictures of them playing. I am sure the parent won’t mind, but ask in advance and give them some photos for their family album too!
5. Learning something new
Children learn something new every day. Learning to walk, build the blocks, draw, write, count, play musical instrument or even washing dishes is one of the situations you could capture. Stop and think and it will amaze you how wonderful and clever learners they are.
Many times we take things we know for granted but if you think about it, it is pretty amazing achievement for them.
Make a list of ‘must have photos’
Additionally, make a note on your black board or fridge to remind yourself of the photos you need to take. Life is busy and it is very easy to forget about our everyday situations.
Lastly, keep your camera handy!
What next? If you stick to this, at the end of the year your will have plenty of photos to make a photo-book. Photo-books are great and you can read more on this topic here: Why should you invest in photo books’