I was talking with my Mum a couple of days ago – you know Mums, they’re in your corner and in this instance she’s eagerly watching the book campaign each day! We were talking about some photos I took of her, with my Dad, and the kids (Lauren and Angus, my niece and nephew) at Easter time in 2011, so, three years ago.
Here’s the children from Christmas just gone. Lauren is now 7 and Angus is 5. They are the most gorgeous kids in the world but don’t worry I know the kids in your life fit that category too.
We love ’em to bits, in other words.
Once or twice a year I pull out the big guns and do a Family Story with them. I want the children to see their childhood when they are older through my lens. At Easter time in 2011, so that’s almost three years ago, I took the kids into the back yard to do some gardening with Granny and Grandpa.
I made a photo book with captions alongside each photo and the book sits on its own stand at the house.
That’s it there.
The kids were at the house last weekend. Mum thought it would be a good idea to show them the book because she realised they’d probably never seen it.
Did you know
…that children LOVE looking at pictures of themselves? Like, a lot, and many times over. In this case they were learning about who they were 3 years ago, which is a long time in a child’s life. Lauren’s big enough now so she read out all the captions.
As they turned the pages, they went back in time to a day in their life when they spent Easter Saturday morning with their grandparents. It was just a couple of hours but so much is held in those photos.
They had absolutely no memory of that simple little two hours spent sweeping leaves, having morning tea and finding chocolate bugs in the garden.
…that photography is a true gift for our future selves and the people we love. Mum reported that they were fascinated by the details, their round faces, little hands, the bugs they found in the garden, and so on. I wish I’d been there to see their faces, observations and commentary.
This is the impact now, three later. But I know this gift will continue to give to these children as they grow older and become adults themselves.
Now what about you?
With digital photography as it is these days, I’d imagine it quite likely that you’re doing very well capturing your memories. Can you find them again easily? Can the special people in your life turn pages in a photo book? Do you make annual slideshows that gives a highlight of each year in your family’s life? I’m guessing your answer is no, but the desire is there?
So you wanna see the photos? Sure, here they are…
In the Garden with Granny and Grandpa
Leaves need to be swept.
A quick cuddle with Grandpa.
Granny, what are we having?
A milk moustache.
Angus! Up here!
Can you lift Grandpa’s leg up, Lauren?
Gloves are funny.
Some chocolate treasures are appearing in the garden.
Granny’s in her element.
The Japanese maple.
Angus hunts for more chocolate bugs in the back garden.
Lauren’s been called back to the front garden.
Grandpa being Grandpa.
Angus tries to pull off the foil wrapper.
“No Angie! This is how you do it!”
Lauren calls Angus ‘An-gie’ for short sometimes.
I love the shoe-less foot.
Angus loves Granny’s lap.
Lauren’s got a good possie too.
He still makes her laugh.
Quite lovely, don’t you think? It doesn’t have to be about volume, but it does have to be well managed.
My soon-to-be published book, ‘Memories at your fingertips – organise your digital photos like a pro’, will help you to keep track of all your special memories, make adjustments with your favourites and to create viewing projects like photo books, printing, slideshows and blogging.
I work with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom which many people stay away from because they think ‘Adobe’ and think ‘professional’. However, I’ve used it for years and always wondered why more people aren’t using it as it’s so intuitive.
In my book I’ve pulled out the essential bits and presented them step by step that you can follow along at home on your computer.
I love photography – it’s that simple. If you do too, and you want the kids in your life to inherit their childhood in pictures, just like Lauren and Angus, then the time is now to get behind the project and help make it a reality.
We are at Day 9 of 21 days into the campaign and just passed 25% support.
That is so amazing, and I say a big heartfelt thank to you for pledging.
We need to go further. Let’s make it happen together by pledging some moula and/or sharing the campaign on to your friends.
If each person donates $5, we’re done and dusted with spare change to make more book copies.
Play the video when you get to the campaign so you get the full picture:
Let’s make a difference in photography at a global level, together!