"Mommy, since it's getting to be New Year's--" my son Peter said this evening "Wait. Has New Year's already passed? Well, since I didn't make a new year's resolution, I'm making one. I'm going to sleep on the couch for an entire week!"
So, Peter brought down blanket, pillow, fan, and the ubiquitous Garfield comic book to settle in for the fulfillment of Peter's New Year's Resolution Day 1.
In the middle of reading, Peter said, "Mommy, do we have a picture album?" In the world of cell phones and digital photography, I definitely don't have the volumes my own mom had, but I do have a small album I keep on my desk for snapshots and prints. Some are professional portraits I've done. Others are from camps or other places where we got snapshots. I have a wide collection of silly selfies we need to print for that album!
This latest portrait's going in there too. And on the wall as well.
As we looked through the album, I though about how much photography means to me. With my little guy growing up so fast, I am reminded again and again how important it is to take time to record these small, special moments. Life is so busy and I know I won't remember them if I don't take the time to write and photograph our quirky, funny lives. (By the way, he enjoyed it looking through the album too, for other reasons--memories of favorite stuffed animals.)
I hope you are taking the time to record your special memories with your family. And yes, selfies and Facebook count! But don't forget to print some of those too. Well, now my son's out of "bed" and drawing. I have a feeling this "New Year's Resolution" might not work out exactly like he had planned.
Thanks to Miranda Johnson for manning the shutter and getting this beautiful shot. (It's fun to do some self-portraits after a friend and client's headshot session.)
Here is another of our photography experiments. Time lapse photography with two weeks of laundry to be folded!