I have been taking Ali Edwards’ Lens of Joy online class and it is making me realize (even more than I already knew) how important it is to capture our everyday moments. Classes like this make me wish I had been a scrapbooker back when my boys were growing up, capturing all their moments, big and small. But I am so very grateful that I was a mom who had a camera in her hands most of the time. I have photos of each of them at every age as well as ones of my grandson and I know that’s a lot more than a lot of people have. They are more precious to me than I can say.
I really enjoyed learning about portrait photography over the years of taking my own kids’ photos. But then they grew up and I no longer had portrait subjects under my own roof. I began looking for other things to take pictures of because I still had the love of photography and the desire to keep learning. So my new subject of choice was flowers, specifically cactus in bloom.
But now I have granddaughters and it’s a whole new adventure capturing girls. They actually WANT to have their picture taken! Not to mention there is a whole lot of pink in my life! Flowers are beautiful but I won't look back at a flower shot in 30 years and feel what I feel when I look at these faces of the people that I love.
If you still have young children at home, I hope you are capturing them at every age and stage, their smiles (in braces and out) and their frowns, their dimples if they have them and their long eyelashes. It all goes by so fast and there will come a day when these photos are more precious to you than you can imagine when you’re in the midst of it. If your kids are grown, I hope you lucky enough to have these types of photos of them as children. I have had friends who have nothing more than their children’s school photos, and we all know how bad those can be! I can picture sitting in my rocking chair someday with my photo albums in my lap and letting these photos take me back through the years. I want to remember every precious minute. Thanks to photography, I will be able to do just that.
P.S. All of the collages in this post were created at Big Huge Labs. All you do is upload your photos, decide what configuration you want your mosaic to be and hit “create”. From there you can download your creation to your computer – all absolutely free. Lots of fun!