Of course, the life blood of scrapbooks is photography. You usually want to have a picture to illustrate your story. And if you have your camera at hand, you can capture some wonderful moments. I think that is my favorite thing about both photography and scrapbooking....that you give yourself a hard copy of the memory you never want to forget.
I am not perfect at having my camera with me at all times, especially because it's kind of big. But I do try.
Here are a few examples of the kind of moments I am talking about--the ones I am really looking forward to actually scrapbooking: This picture of my dad and Sophie is far from perfect. Obviously, the conditions under which I shot it were less than ideal: harsh sunlight on only one of the subjects, and lots of yucky shadows.
However, the moment was just too adorable to worry about imperfect light. Sophie, wearing a pair of my mom's shoes that she stole out of her closet, was telling Grandpa all about her little toy while they sat on the porch swing. And he was listening intently. They were having their own little conversation about life, and I probably would have forgotten about it already if I didn't take this picture.
The part that I know, that isn't really in the picture, is how much Sophie adores her Grandpa. In her prayers at night, she always says thank you for Grandpa before anyone else, and without being prompted. When we are visiting, she is always wondering where he is while he is at work....and in fact, when she got here on Sunday she came in the house and the first thing she said was "Hi Grandpa!" This picture puts their special relationship into words, as it were.
Here's one of Joel. We were at the park, trying to make sense of the craziest day ever. I had my camera out because I had been taking pictures of the kids playing on the swings and such. Then Joel and I just laid in the grass and talked things over. And at that moment, we both felt an incredible sense of peace that everything would somehow work out. I'm really glad I decided to pick up my camera and snap this one because it reminds me of the peace we felt. It's good to remember, because, as you well know, I am still not aware of how things will work out and I am more often having a case of inner turmoil than I am inner peace.
These next two are also from that same day at the park. This one of Chloe is of her trying to get the stubborn drinking fountain to work. Every time she got it going, as soon as she put her lips up to get some, it was gone. We laughed and laughed about that. I think the look on her face here is priceless, and when you know the story behind it, it's even funnier.
This one of Bria is really just a lucky shot that I was happy to have. She was just walking toward me, and I thought I'd take a picture of her, when she tripped on a stick. It all happened just as I was pushing the shutter button, so I caught her in mid fall, arms outstretched and ready to catch herself. The thing that's so great about this, is that Bria is a bona fide klutz. She totally takes after me in that regard. I love that I now have that on film.
The moral of the story? Even if you don't scrapbook (and I certainly haven't been), have your camera near, so you can collect memories and not just pretty pictures.