How To Capture And Cherish Memories Of Your Children

by Martha Pattinson

Having a baby is an incredibly exciting and life changing event. Nothing will ever be quite the same once you’re a parent and for at least the first few years this is all that’s ever going to be on your mind.

Of course the priority now is to look after your children and to make sure they are not only safe, but also happy and stimulated. The way you act now will influence them for the rest of their lives and this can leave you in something of a flap so that you forget all the other things you need or want to be doing. This is a real shame though if it means that you don’t find time to take pictures and otherwise cement the memories of your child’s infancy – as this is a time that you will be sure to want to look back on fondly and to share with friends. So how do you make sure that you make memories that last?

Facebook for Babies

Thankfully, the modern age of technology has ensured that we are never short of some kind of camera or camera phone with which to capture the latest thing our babies do. The downside to this ubiquity of technology though might be that we end up losing quality in favour of quantity. If you have known any friends on Facebook with babies then you’ll know just how flooded your newsfeed can become of pictures of their kids (much to the chagrin of the non-parent population of these social media sites). Why not give your children a separate account to minimise this irritation?

While you might want to take lots of pictures of your new born baby then, the secret is to spend some time sorting through them and separating the wheat from the chaff. Not every picture needs to be uploaded to Facebook and if you take some that are really nice then it’s worth doing something else with them than just keeping them on the computer. Creating kids’ photo albums or getting some nicely printed so you can frame them is still important today so that you can look at pictures not on a screen, and so that you won’t risk losing all your memories to a computer virus.

To benefit from these nicer pictures it won’t hurt to sometimes go out of your way to take nicer pictures. This means going to a professional photographer for instance or just staging some photos nicely with a better quality camera – you don’t want all your pictures to be taken on an iPhone or you’ll regret it when you don’t have any nice high-resolution images.

Making the Memories

Of course the real way to cherish memories though is in your mind and the only prerequisite for this is that you make sure to actually make those memories in the first place. Make sure you are both mentally and physically ‘present’ for your child’s infancy, and go out of your way to do nice things and enjoy family days out so that you have specific things to remember. If they also make great photo ops then all the better…

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This post was generously provided by Martha Pattinson.

Martha Pattinson is a child photographer. She loves children and is precisely the reason why she took up this profession. She also blogs in her spare time about a variety of issues.

4 comments… add one
  • Molly, my sister, and I don’t always get along. When, she’s home, he irritates me fairly often, and I’m not very tolerant, so I hurt her feelings sometimes. However, when we’re not living together, we never fight. Imagine that. She’s studying abroad in Italy right now, having the time of her life, and posting all of these amazing pictures that make me want to shoot myself because I’m in Iowa. I take for granted having an older sister sometimes, but she’s pretty handy when I need girl advice on stuff she’s already been through. Like how to use a tampon. One of my more awkward memories I try not to dwell on too often.

  • When continuing with the presents and cake, use the same photography ideas as before, being careful to capture the natural delight of the child, rather than trying for that perfect pose. A happy baby is always photogenic. A baby who is stressed from too much pressure for perfect pictures is not a happy baby. Remember that while you want lasting memories, this is still the baby’s day, not yours. Lasting memories will come naturally if you just let loose and have fun.

  • It’s important with all cameras to make sure your subject is facing the light source and you’re not, but it’s even more important with cameraphones (Unless, of course, you want to take a silhouette—like all rules, this can be bent). As I mentioned above, your phone’s biggest weakness is its inability to take good pictures in low light, which means you generally will want to get as much light as you possibly can on your subject. This may require a bit more thought and a bit more moving around than it might with a point-and-shoot camera, but you’ll thank yourself in the end.

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