Fall is upon us which also means the holiday season will be in full swing before we know it! Our home is buzzing with excitement and I am walking around with a goofy grin on my face because I just absolutely love this time of year. The anticipation, the planning and the hint of it all about to start. It’s glorious!
I wanted to chat with you today about documenting with intention. Whenever I share family photographs or our home movies, I get a lot of reactions and questions as to how I document photographs and home movies that evoke so much emotion. Whether it’s sweet and heartfelt or joyful and happy, people notice that and in turn want to know how they can achieve the same with their family memories.
To do this, the goal is to become a storyteller. Not just simply a snapshot taker. We want to keep the focus on both the people and big moments, but also the details. The details matter because it’s through them that you help yourself or the viewer to really be a part of that moment. It’s the same way writers use sensory language. This is done to help the reader really imagine the story as more than just type on a page. It’s to take the reader out of reality and into a new world. This is the same way we want to learn to approach documenting our everyday life. It is through those details and in-between moments that help us build and string together the story. So when we look back on it ten years from now, all of the pieces come together to help us pull that memory from our mind and re-live it just like it was yesterday.
So how do we do this exactly?
Let me try to explain this visually in a series of photos from a trip to the pumpkin patch several years ago. Now, remember, this rule isn’t just for a single day or event that you will be enjoying this season. You can apply this over the course of each season of your year. For example, document the trip to the pumpkin patch or the apple picking in the orchard and Thanksgiving dinner with the family, but also document the leaves under your feet, the steam from your hot cocoa and your favorite pie that Grandma makes.
Here is a good example of a detail shot. From this you can also gather that it’s evening time and the weather was clear skies.
Remember that people don’t have to be looking at the camera for a great photo opp. I love stepping back and watching and taking photos that show the relationships between us.
We all know that the pumpkin patch requires the standard group shot. Absolutely make sure to get this! This along with all of the details are telling our story.
Again, stepping back for a quick second to document reactions and the mood of the moment. I could have easily asked the kids to all look at me, but this felt so much more natural and helps me to feel as if I was there just yesterday.
And yes, Moms and Dads. We MUST make an effort to ensure our presence in our stories. For both us and our children. Never forget to turn the camera on yourselves. Even if it is a grainy, night time selfie in the middle of the pumpkin patch!
Remember to look for those opportunities to document that will evoke senses. Fuse them together with the traditional and big moments and then you will step back and see the beautiful story that has been unfolding. To help you and inspire you over the next two months, I have created this FREE printable for you! Post it on your fridge or even your bathroom mirror so that you can be more intentional in documenting your family’s memories this fall season.
What big memories are you making this fall season?
And if you are wanting to dive in even more with me to truly learn how to document your every life beautifully, please make sure and click here to learn all about the Documenting the Everyday online educational series. I would love for you to be a part of it!