What makes a single moment in time ordinary? Ordinary moments happen so often that they just become a part of who you are as a family. These are the moments that make up a life. These are the moments that, when strung together, tell a beautiful story. Years down the road when you ache for times gone, these photographs and pieces of life will bring a smile to your face as you remember exactly how it felt.
I know that I want to preserve as much of that as I can, how about you? Here are 5 ways that you can start documenting those ordinary, everyday moments now.
1. Stop asking them to look or say "cheese". There is a better way to capture your children’s beautiful smiles than asking them to “say cheese” for every photo. Their natural expressions are who they really are, capture that.
2. Catch them in the act. Always keep an eye out for interesting moments. Below you will see my two girls, bored to death, at the laundromat. We were in the middle of a big move and this was one of the ways that they entertained themselves, so you can bet I got a snap of it.
3. Watch for connection. Both physical and emotional connection are things that photographers look for when making images. There are always moments of connection with people, pets and even nature. Look for it, these moments happen more than you realize.
4. Take a step back. pull back and capture the surroundings. The result might be an opportunity to record a memory of the location as well as your children within it. This will add so much more context to your photograph.
5. Get in the frame. Yep, you are a part of the family too, so give the phone to your kid or husband and get in the photo. Most cameras even have a self timer, so set it up and see what magic happens.
All of the images in this post were shot on my iPhone, not my professional camera. Because sometimes, that is what is available at the moment. The most important thing to me is that these moments are documented, not if they are as "professional" as my other images.
Interested in learning more about how to take better iPhone images? How EXACTLY I do it? Click the link below to download the "Guide to Taking Better iPhone Photos" pdf.