As parents, we’re always taking pictures of our kids to remember what they were like. We’re always forcing them to give us a smile and the end result isn’t a true picture of the personalities our kids possess. Capturing the true spirit of our kids can be difficult, but when we do, it’s like striking liquid gold. Those are the photos that will endure time and that will always take us back to what is was like.
I reflect back on the pictures of the past. In the early days of photography, no one looked happy until sometime in the 1950’s. Pictures from the 60’s and 70’s of my parents were always fun to look at, but anything of me in the 80’s is frightening. Neon green tank tops, Jam shorts, neon shoelaces and converse all stars before they were cool. Now, in the age of digital photography we are all trying to be the ‘professional’ on our blogs. I’m guilty of it, too! I take tens of thousands of pictures, download them all onto my computer, rummage through them in picasa and pick the one that looks most “normal” where everyone is saying cheese or money or reece’s or some other obscure phrase (in the old days was everyone forced to say “hum” or “tab” or “wrap” when they took the picture?) Then I edit, crop and add effects, instead of getting an image that is true to life. Something that shows the real ‘us’.
I love this picture of me and my brothers as kids that my mom took. It shows our own little personalities as we hiked in the woods. My oldest brother with the walkie talkie and me (the chubby one) being careful where I step.
I like pictures of my daughter when she’s not smiling, since her smile is almost always forced in pictures unless I catch her laughing. When she enjoys things, her face gets serious.
Babies cry, and it’s ok to have pictures of it. These are true to life, like this picture of Pax’s first new year’s eve.
Sure we all had a good time, until it was bedtime and I snapped this photo just to remember it by.
I am so a “candid” shot lover and my wife is so not. Anyway, I will enjoy looking back at these ‘this was really the way you were’ photos more than all the sappy ones where we are all standing in a row saying “monkey!”
By the way, my wife made her first post over at our other blog, Macy’s Forever Home. Check it out!