I've fallen out of the habit of just capturing snapshots of life. That seems a little odd coming from a photographer, but really sometimes I just forget or I can't get out of "photog mode" and want a picture with good lighting and I take too long and miss the real moment. Our phone is not the best as far as cameras go, so I haven't been using it often either. But, I'm trying to change all that.
I always loved going to Grandma's house and pulling out the family photo albums and looking through page after page of candid memories of my family. There were a few professional photos in there, but mostly the pages were filled with snapshots of memories. And that is what made it so fun to look through.
I want to be able to print out memories and to be able to look back over them with my kids and my grandkids, and maybe if I'm lucky my great grandkids. But to do that, I need to start taking more memory saving photos, and not just the nice pictures.
It can feel so easy to think there's nothing about normal life that's worth taking pictures of, but think how fun it would be to see pictures from just a normal day of your great grandparents. I'm starting to look at photos not just as nice items for the here and now for our walls or facebook, but as a way of preserving family history and passing on stories and details.
Last night I went through my phone, my computer, and my facebook feed and gathered all the snapshots from the month into one folder on my computer. It was fun to look through the memories just from the month! I thought I'd share some of the "Behind the Scenes" of our January through a "January Dump" post. There aren't any temper-tantrum shots or messy house pictures...but trust me, those were all there too!
And then on the way home he was so sweet to not make fun of me for wanting to stop at Starbucks for a White Hot Cocoa.
I think the thing I miss the most about living in Silver City is living close to so many family members. I love having a sister right on the route down to my parents house at just about the half way mark. I have so many memories of time with my cousins growing up, I want the same thing for my kids. Darrow and Sharli are just a few months apart and sure have a fun little connection between the two of them. They sure are funny little creatures!
Most of these aren't photos I'd print and hang on the wall, but they are all memories I love, things I giggle at, and shots that help me remember the details. It's a great reminder to myself that the photos don't have to be perfect or "beautiful" for them to be meaningful and worth saving. I don't need every second of every day documented, but having some snapshots of our life, just our normal and very unperfect life, is important. These photos will help give our family photo albums character and life! These are the memories and glimpses into the past that we can show our future family.