A little while back, I wrote a post for Baby Center called 7 Ways to Capture the Everyday. In the post, I went through seven fun ways you can capture the everyday pieces of family life.
Now why would you want to do that?
Because every day life is worth remembering just as much as your trip to Disney World. Because 15, 25, even 35 years from now, all the things I document about my family’s life will say more to me about how life was “back then” than a perfectly posed shot with matching clothes.
Since the Baby Center post was short, I thought it’d be cool to go a bit deeper into each of the seven ways I gave on how you can capture the everyday. So, for the next seven weeks, I’ll take you through each one.
The first way to capture the everyday: the kid interview.
Why You Should Interview Your Kids:
A picture can capture expressions but not mannerisms. Sight but not voice. It can capture a glimpse of your kid’s personality, but not the personality in action.
An interview is a simple way to get ALL of that. A probably a laugh or two in the process.
So how should you go about interviewing your kids?
Before the Interview:
Before you actually start filming, there’s just a wee bit of prepwork:
Determine where you want to film it.
Inside or outside? Which room? Whatever you choose, check the lighting and make sure there’s nothing too distracting in the background.
For the interview below, I chose a simple chair in the living room. There’s no distracting background so my focus is solely on Big Roo.
Have a few questions already prepped.
I wrote down a few simple questions so I wouldn’t fumble through trying to come up with questions. Try easy questions but don’t be afraid to throw in a deeper one to see you kid’s reaction. A few easy questions (geared towards the preschool crowd):
- What’s your favorite color?
- What’s your favorite food?
A little harder ones:
- What do you think about ____?
- Tell me about the shirt you’re wearing (especially if it’s a fave).
You’ll only need a few questions. As you will see in my interview, I ended up asking more as I had to pull some chatting out of Big Roo at first. I also plan to interview Little Roo today so I’m going to ask him simple questions like to say words he knows and to do some sign language.
Bribe if you need to.
If you need to coax your little interviewee with a cookie or two, so be it. Heck, you could even interview your kids while they’re eating cookies. Could be pretty cute.
During the Interview:
Once you’re ready to actually do the interview, follow these tips for smooth sailing. (Well, mostly. They are kids after all.)
Start with the basics.
When the camera starts rolling, ask your kiddo their name and age. This will make sure you don’t have to do any math years from now to figure out exactly how old your kid was. You can even state the date (which I forgot to do in Big Roo’s).
Then go with the flow.
Kids will be kids. Which means they’ll sometimes talk your ears off until you actually press record. Just roll with it. Ask follow-up questions to pull the conversation along. If they get up and run off, just try again later. Regardless of whether you end up with :30 of “film” or 10 minutes, it’s a piece in time you’ve captured forever. Go, you!
My Interview with Big Roo:
Now that I’ve shared some tips, let’s see it in action. Here’s my interview with Big Roo (shhhh, real names are used in the video). You’ll wanna check out minute 1:41… that’s when he really starts to chat like he typically does. His little brother was the topic of conversation.
Have you ever interviewed your kids? If not, think you’ll try it?
Stay tuned next week when I dig deeper into the second of seven ways to capture the everyday: the time lapse.