Today is the fourth post in a seven-part series about Capturing the Everyday as a spin-off from my Baby Center post called 7 Ways to Capture the Everyday. If you missed last week, I wrote about the capturing sayings and milestones.
If you’ve followed Adventuroo for longer than a week, you know that I’m big on capturing everyday objects and happenings. I even do a weekly meme where I give readers an assignment so they can also remember to capture these things.
This post takes it a wee bit further.
Why Do You Want to Capture Everyday Objects & Happenings?
Because mundane is magical.
The stuff that we often think is mundane is what makes up most of our daily lives. Our traditions. Our routines. Our favorite weekday meals. What do you want to remember in 20, 30, 40 years from now? What will make you get all warm and fuzzy? Or make you chuckle thinking about what things were like “back then”?
What Should You Capture?
The true answer is “whatever you want to remember.” But, I’m sure you want some ideas too so here ya go:
A picture of you in the car with your kids (you drive with them daily, right?)
The objects that make you grin because of little “personal” touches (notice the toddler bite marks?)
A cool perspective of ordinary objects (ornaments in this case).
- Close-up of products that you use (I know I’ll love seeing “vintage” labels and packaging in about 20 years)
- Kids eating dinner
- Comparison of the kids’ shoes (see how cute and little they were)
- Kids sleeping
- A peek into your grocery bag
- Getting messy with food
- Going on a walk
- Cool elements of your house (the stairway, a neat light, etc.)
- Pieces of your morning or evening rituals
- What’s stocked in your pantry
- Nature pictures
- Kids playing in the yard
- Picture of the temperature outside (do snapshot of a weather app or your outdoor thermometer)
- Picture of newspaper with a headline you want to remember
- Picture of the TV when a major news event is on
- You doing whatever you do in the evening (what? sitting at a computer like me?)
Ways to Capture This Stuff
Well, yes, this is a little obvious. As you’re taking pictures, think about the angle you’re taking it. Take a picture in a way that captures what you want to remember about it.
Instagram (or other phone app)
If you don’t have an iPhone, you can still use your phone to take pictures when you don’t have your main camera around. I love Instagram because it’s so easy to make ordinary shots look cool. Here’s a collage of pictures I’ve taken with it:
Fun Novelty Cameras
I had no idea how many cool novelty cameras there were until my brother-in-law and sister-and-law came to visit. In one of the pictures above, you can see Big Roo with a cool fish eye camera.
Give your littles a durable, easy-to-use camera and let them capture the everyday. You’ll be amazed at what interests them.
Stay tuned next week when I dig deeper into keeping receipts, tickets and other momentos.