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Documenting childhood through photographs

Taking photographs of your children and documenting their early lives is one of the real pleasures of being a parent. A simple snap and that precious moment is preserved forever, not just for you to look at but for your child and any future generations too.
Here are some of the key childhood moments that are worth remembering…
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The ultrasound
In recent years it has become popular to have copies of your ultrasound scan so you can have pictures of your little one even before they’ve been introduced to the world. Not everyone is a fan of this as they do make rather unusual pictures, particularly if they’re displayed around the home, but others love seeing the very earliest stages of their child’s development.
Newborn
It’s often the case that your newborn has barely fought its way out before it’s having a camera pointed towards it! It’s that magic moment that the previous nine months (or longer if you’d been trying for a baby for a while) had been leading up to so it’s natural that you want a picture to commemorate. Remember partners, you always have to be careful about photographing a mother right after giving birth, however!
Baby pictures
The first couple of years of your child’s life are probably when you’ll take the most photos. Just look at any new parents’ Facebook pages for proof! It’s a cliché but they really do grow up so fast, so make sure you take plenty of photos – smiling, crawling, walking, playing; the list is endless! If you wanted something really special then you could even hire a baby photographer, such as from Venture Photography, and they can really capture all of you in some stunning photos. Pinterest also has plenty of gorgeous baby photo ideas for you to try.
School days
I think it’s now part of the law that everyone has to have their photograph taken on their first day at school, and for good reason! This is one of the first moments that parents realise their child is really growing up so it’s natural they want to capture it. The first day of each school year is a nice time to take photos as you can keep a record of them growing up throughout their school life.
Birthdays & Christmas
Like the first day of each school year, taking photos each birthday and Christmas will give you a great view of how much your child is growing up each year. Seeing the look on their face as they open their presents is also always worth a photo whether they’re impressed with the present or not!
Sports & other activities

Whatever your child is into in terms of hobbies and activities, you’ll no doubt want to take photos of them, particularly if they’ve achieved something during those hobbies. For example, if they’ve got the lead part in the school play or have won first place at sports day then it’s truly a day to remember. Pride is a source of more photos than probably anything else!


 

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3 comments

  1. I take hundreds of photos every single day and am so thankful to photography for letting me capture those moments x

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  2. I have so many photos of Matthew and he is not even 2 1/2 years old. He is well documented child. I have it all laid out into months on my dropbox account.

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  3. Some fab ideas! I have taken so so so many photos of Little One, there are more of him than there are of me from my entire 29 years! We tried to organise them all into months but we got a bit overwhelmed! Do you have any tips on how to store and organise digital photos? It's a nightmare every time I connect my iPhone to the computer! x

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