Oct 12 2013

Photos: Memories Captured In Time

Good Morning!  We have made it to Saturday! I am so looking forward to this weekend. I will be getting to spend some quality time with my family and get to have some mom and sister time and see my nephew too!

I have loved reading Marissa’s posts about Under The Sycamore and The Anderson Crew’s Embrace the Camera Challenge.  She is such a good mom!  I Can’t wait to have one of my own some day…I am definitely taking mental notes on parenting tips!  Of course, she did learn from the best…my mom!  Marissa said is so perfectly earlier in the week…your the dishes and laundry will always be there, but your little ones are only little for so long, so put the other things aside and make memories!

I was reflecting on this challenge and I wish I had taken part.  I thought about it each day, but thought it was silly to take “selfies” or pictures of just Todd and I to post on Instagram…we can’t compete with all those cute moms and their little ones!  Then I got to thinking last night, you don’t need kids,  to embrace the camera as Emily from the Anderson Crew points out.  I really do love what the goal of the Embrace the Camera Challenge: to capture moments you want to remember for ever, even if it is just of the routine day to day tasks of life.  This challenge was really to encourage those who usually are behind the camera to step in front of it.

I have to be honest, when I was little I would throw a fit if I was asked to be in a picture. One time my poor mom had to bribe me with a lollipop when we had professional pictures taken.  Well I agreed to take that picture, but that lollipop was in the photo with me!  Glad I got over that!  If someone were to ask me “what is the one thing you would grab if your house was on fire,” I would say my photos.  They are so precious to me.  They are memories from good times with those that I love and many with loved ones who are no longer her with us.

When I looked through all the Instagram photos of those taking the Embrace the Camera challenge, I noticed how only a few photos had the dads in them.  So I challenge the dads to embrace the camera and get in those photos!  I am SO glad my dad was really good at that!  My mom definitely stepped in front of the camera too, but she was better at taking the photos, which is just as important!  I am so thankful to both of my parents for capturing those moments.   These photos that I have with my dad and us kids remind me of all the fun times we had together.  Seeing a photo can take me back in time to that exact moment and I can remember it like it was yesterday.

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I was still in the “I hate taking pictures” phase in the photo below…notice how I’m trying to run away!





My mom had the best idea a few years back at Christmas.  She had the idea to take family photos on Christmas day.  We didn’t hire a photographer…we just had a tripod and a camera with a timer.    Little did we know that would be the last Christmas that my dad would be with us and I am SO grateful for these family photos.

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With that, I encourage you to embrace the camera and capture those memories with loved ones.  Life is too short and one day you will be glad that you have those photos.  Have a great weekend and take lots of photos of whatever you have planned…even if it is just staying around the house!

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