Before little D, I didn’t think our life was really worth documenting. We didn’t do anything remarkable, at least I didn’t think so. Once she burst upon our world I realized that it’s not the remarkable moments that matter. It’s the every day moments that matter. It’s relaxing on the couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s playing in the backyard when it’s so nice out you can’t drag yourself in even if you’re starving and exhausted. It’s finding a joy you never knew existed in this very moment. That’s what’s worth documenting. Those are the moments that write our story.
It’s taken time, but I love finding these moments in our day now. Without fail they happen every day. So here are my tips to you. Tell you story. Find your moments of bliss and smile ear to ear because your life is perfectly imperfect.
1. Don’t say ‘say cheese’ or ‘Look at Mommy!’ So easy right? But I hear it all the time, and honestly I catch myself doing it too. If you want to catch your child in the moment and doing what they love, don’t interrupt for the sake of a photo. That being said interaction is important, but interaction done with purpose of learning more about what they’re thinking. Engaging and diving into their world. Try saying ‘what does this do?’ or ‘What is baby doing right now?’
2. Have your camera handy. What ever camera you use, have it close at hand. You never know when a moment will arise that feels right for a photo. You don’t want to run downstairs and leave the moment to get your camera. And a charged battery goes hand in hand with this.
3. Be Present. It’s so easy to get distracted and lost in your worry of the day, but getting on the floor and playing with your kids is the best way to put everything back into perspective. Get lost in their world and watch them with the same awe and admiration as they do new experiences. We can learn so much from our kids if we just stop worrying and stand still for just a few moments.
It doesn’t have to be perfect because life isn’t perfect. It just has to be you. Once you start I promise you’ll find you see these little moments every where.
xoxo – Rachael
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