At the beginning of the new year we drove up to Alouette one morning for a little picnic together as a family.
I'm trying to get better at bringing along my camera for casual outings like this more often, instead of always just defaulting to grabbing shots on my phone. After all, in years to come I'm sure it will be so much nicer to have proper pictures to look back on to remember this season of our lives, as opposed to low-res iPhone images you can't really even print. For my daughter, I want to have the memories of her childhood captured in an special way....where she will know that mommy took the time to document our life too, not just other families! She is a treasure to me, and I want to be able to show her pictures one day that will be timeless, quality keepsakes to last for her to show her children even. Who knows what technology will be like years down the road, and if people will still use devices that can access all those files we think are "secure" in the cloud, or on hard-drives...?? (Just think of how the stuff we grew up with, like VHS's and tape cassettes, quickly became a thing of the past!) Nothing can replace actual images that you can hold in your hands, or put in a book.
With this little 'shoot', nothing was posed . . . . it's just real life. But it's our life. Her snacks are half-eaten, her boots are dirty, she never even "smiled at the camera". Nonetheless, I still love these pictures!
Sometimes I don't feel like I have enough time to do a proper "session" with my little girl. I would have to find, or make the perfect setup, deliberate over picking the perfect outfit, wait for perfect lighting, only to actually begin trying to take the pictures and find she is in a less-than-perfect mood, not interested in cooperating....! So, my camera usually sits away at home when I'm not using it for shoots. It doesn't have to be a big ordeal to capture your family life though! Not that I don't think photo set-ups can be super fun and cute, but if that's the standard that I have to set for myself to reach before snapping a shot of my daughter, I will miss out on so many precious images I could be capturing of her day to day life! Instead of striving to make a pinterest-worthy image, I need to remember that the ordinary can be special too. Because it's us. And that's what I want her to remember . . . .who we were as a family, what we did, where we went, how she played, what she was curious to run around and look at, exploring her world . . . . Not an artificial, manufactured scene just to look good for the internet audience.
Doesn't it feel nice sometimes to just live in the moment? I've been reminding myself lately to put my phone away more and actually just enjoy whatever the day holds, instead of looking for what would be cute to take a picture of next. I've had an iPhone for not even 2 years, and have already taken over 4,000 photos with it. Whoa. Like, really, what am I going to do with those all...??! It's overwhelming to even try to look through, let alone begin to sort and organize! I'm grateful for the moments it has let me capture, but I would happily trade in hundreds of those shots to have a couple really nice shots with my dSLR instead. Definitely.
Wife and mother,
Matt, Sarah + Silas - Newborn
Kristine + Fred - Engagement