On Documenting Life: The Importance of Children’s and Family Photography

Take photos everyday! We have the technology to do it!

We have spent many mornings and many evenings this summer inside. With the smoke coming into Vancouver from the wildfires in the interior of BC, we tend to stay indoors more often than not. So, what do we do? We find as much to do as possible! This guy manages to keep himself occupied. There are many times he still requires his chief playmates (his parents) to role play Star Wars, paraphrase novels (like J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, definitely a novel written for it’s time in many ways), help build mega Lego structures and vehicles, etc, with him. We certainly try to keep him occupied and with as little screen time as possible. All things considered, he’s doing okay. I watched way more television at his age than he gets screen time in our house. At the same time, you want to balance it all out so, you do what you need to do to keep yourself balanced with a healthy mind and body. This little one finds balance by taking those Mr. Sketch markers and going to town!

I am a photographer and I am a parent. As a photographer, I know how important it is to have someone take photos of you and your family. I think it is important to have a neutral perspective. I believe a photographer’s main duty is to have a point of view and intention behind taking photos. For me, my intention is to ensure I capture the beauty in the everyday, the mundane. I believe love is  in it’s purest form when we are not making grand gestures. It’s in those little tiny spaces of time when we are quiet or simply busily being in our chaos that I think the love is most authentic.

As a parent, I cannot recommend enough, taking photos of your children doing what they do everyday. Document as much as you can. Don’t forget to get in the frame as well and print. Print those photos. Put them in a photo album. Do their future selves this one service. Help them remember what it feels like when love is this pure and simple. 

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