As a mother the days can go by so fast and before we know it our kids aren’t babies or toddlers anymore. Shoot one day they won’t even be kids at all. They will be all grown up and hopefully moved out.
But until then we can capture all the memories and document our days now. If your wondering what I mean by document your days. It’s pretty much just taking snip it’s throughout the day of your regular life with your family.
It doesn’t require posing or bribery. It doesn’t require matching outfits or fancy gear. Just you, your kids and something to take photos with.
Think of it as an visual autobiography of your motherhood. The good, the tantrums, the messes, the laughs and everything in between.
To help you document your days the best you can I’m sharing some tips and tricks below to help you capture creative shots that tell the story of your life.
Capture the whole scene
When it comes to documenting your days you don’t want to interrupt or always be in your kids faces with a camera. Keeping a distance and watching with your camera allows you to capture them in their natural state.
Your able to capture the world around them and showcase how little they really were. Don’t worry about the mess to much. It’s part of your days and your not doing a professional photoshoot. Just documenting life.
Focus on the details
Sometimes you can tell an entire story by just focusing on the details. And sometimes it’s the tiny details we want to remember the most. Little fingers, baby eyelashes and all the simple little things.
I personally love using portrait mode on my iPhone to capture these so I can create a nice depth of field (blurry background). But if your camera doesn’t have that option it’s ok. Just get in close and focus on one thing and crop the rest out.
Get in the frame
Documenting your days isn’t just taking photos of your kids. It’s about getting in the frame too. All the adults who are in your kids daily lives.
If your unsure how to get yourself in the frame. I recommend using a phone tripod and shutter remote so you can easily prop your camera up and take the photo without having to run for a timer. I’ll link the two I use below
Don’t forget the candid moments
As mom it’s kinda our job to watch for the cute candid moments. The ones that are kid a random or cute. The moments in between playing. Or the moment between siblings. Something that you’d normally just be in the moment for or not even notice at all being a “Kodak moment”. I suggest capturing it anyways.
These are moments that are definitely not staged. And can be anything silly or fun or random that happens during the day that you don’t want to ever forget.
Get down at their level
This is always my biggest tip for anyone that asks how to take a photo from ehh to awesome when taking pictures of their children.
We look down at our kids all day long just because of actual height difference. But if you want to actually document your kids. Get down to their level. Don’t hold your camera above their eyes.
At their level you are actually documenting them and not just how you typically look at them. Squat, lay on the ground, sit on the floor. Whatever it is you need to do to get down to the level they are… do it. You won’t regret it. I promise!
Change your perspective
Now I know I just said to get down at their level. But rules are meant to be broken. Well it’s not really a rule. And neither is this.
But changing your perspective can really change the way a picture tells yours story. I love taking aerial views. (Looking directly down at what’s happening) of my kids when they nap. Not sure why but I just love that view of them.
You could do it looking up at them also. But you’d need to get pretty low to capture that. But I’m sure it would be such a neat perspective.
Here’s a quick recap of the above to make it easier for you to save an remember. Because I want you to feel comfortable in the moment as you document your days. They are worth it!
Now that we’ve talked about the tips here’s the tricks to help all that play out much easier.
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Day light bulbs
If your home is on the darkest side or you don’t get much natural light then I highly recommend getting daylight bulbs. They are regular light bulbs but instead of “soft light” they are “day light” they mimic the suns tones. So they don’t give off a yellow cast and are much brighter.
I’ve been using them for about 3 years now and will never go back. I even got the ones that last for like 9 years and so far they are still holding up.
Bendable tripod and shutter remote
This is literally my favorite combo for getting in the frame. I can bend the legs to wrap around anything I need to to capture family photos it ones with me in them. And it fits in my diaper bag or purse.
Extendable tripod and shutter remote
This is my 2nd go to. But for at home. The legs extend so I can do mini photoshoot of my kids and not have to stack things up to prop it. Works wonders too for getting in the frame.
Hang up your favorites
My favorite thing about documenting our days with pictures is that they seriously make the best photos to display. Natural vibes of your real life. I’ve been loving the simple magnetic wood strips for photos and plan to order some 8×10 frames instead of the regular old glass and wood ones.
External hard drive
The more you document your days the sooner you will realize that your going to need somewhere to keep all those digital files. Somewhere safe and compact. So I always recommend a portable external hard drive.
They are literally a life saver to your phones memory and keeping those precious images safe for years.
Thank you for taking the time to stop and check out my tips and tricks to document your days. I hope I helped you find the tools necessary to start documenting today.
And don’t expect to capture them all in a beautiful image right away. Practice makes perfect and before you know it you will be a story telling guru for your family’s everyday life.
Until next time,