At the beginning of the year I started a 52 project where you try to take a photo a week for a year (yes I know, quite obvious really!). I didn’t take as many photographs of my boys last year as I would have liked. I was so busy taking them for others.
Some photographers go for a 365 challenge but to be honest a good chunk of our days aren’t exactly perfect photo opportunities so I figured 52 might be more manageable!
The whole point is to capture the details that I know I’m going to miss or worse, forget altogether.
I compiled a mental list of the things I wanted to always remember and these are the things I try to collect for myself and photograph for the families that I work with.
And I’m kind of hoping that by sharing this list I inspire you to attempt to capture these images yourself. You don’t need a fancy big girl camera, the best is the one you have on you at the time!
1. All the teeny, tiny bits.
Aw I just love these shots. They always make me a little emotional. The littleness just doesn’t last long enough.
2. Baby hair
You know when your baby is brand new and their hair is all whispy and soft and it smells so good and they snuggle into your shoulder with their bum sticking out.
And don't just do it when they're tiny...anytime they stop moving long enough, snap away!
So I'm guessing that you already have a lot of images that are similar to this one because
...but sometimes it's nice to go a little closer too. Get a photo of a tiny hand grasping a big one.
Pure memory magic.
I probably have less of these images for myself as I do for others. Mainly because handing over my camera usually results in blurry, out of focus images. I have lots of my other half with the boys but he’s pretty shy so I’ll keep him sweet by not posting them!
Don't just capture them chuckling, let's do this right! Capture the proper hysterical, snorting laughter and what they were doing at the time. So so worth always remembering.
So so worth always remembering.
Oh what I'd give to be able to laugh like a child. Wholeheartedly and carefree.
5. Quiet moments
How often do you look at your little and wonder what on earth they are thinking?
I always used to wonder what mine dreamed about. I remember both boys clearly dreaming when they were just weeks old. I could never understand how they could dream when their awake time was little more than feeding and the other thing!
6. Eyes & Eyelashes
If there is one thing (ok, technically two things!) you make a point to capture often...make it these. I love how pure the eyes are when children are little. They are honest and real and clear and stunning.
Just don't forget the eyelashes because they're pretty amazing too.
And so I challenge you to do the same!
It’s not about the ‘say cheese’ moments. It’s the opposite of that. Look at your little one from every angle, capture it and soak it all up.
And if you have any that you're really proud of then swing back to Facebook and pop them in the comments.