It’s a wonderful thing, this photography stuff. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. My children look at our pictures, but what they see are their own faces, “Oh Mom! I remember that day. That was the best day ever!”
Their memories aren’t quite as clear with the candid shots. Sometimes they don’t even realize I’ve taken the picture until they see it in print or uploaded to Facebook. “Mom! I can’t believe you took that picture!”
What they don’t realize is that I didn’t take “that picture,” I captured that moment.
Some pictures are like a yearbook. They serve a purpose. They record the facts. They are proof of a birthday, a grand opening, a holiday dinner, or graduation. So they serve a purpose and it’s important to take those pictures and record the events of our lives.
But the candid shots…that’s where we live.
In the candid shots of our families we see the laughter, the teasing, the struggle, and the triumph of our lives.
So, click away! Capture a moment while the family tries to organize themselves for a group photo. Get the shot of the kids all sitting on the couch playing video games. Sneak around the corner and capture your mom and her sister in a private conversation.
Snap away and forever record the little moments in between the big events in the lives of your family so future generations will truly know their lineage.
Stacy Cochrane is the founder of Managing Memory Lane and a member of APPO, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. She specializes in establishing and maintaining photo storage and sharing systems that give her clients the freedom of sharing their photos as they choose while providing secure backup and privacy protection. You can contact Stacy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.