“Run run! Get ready!!” My kids screamed as the timer on the camera counted down from 10.
“HURRY!” My oldest daughter screams. My son giggles alongside her as they strike up a silly face.
My EOS M50 begins a rapid beeping sound and flashes a yellow light before snapping this picture:
We try again. More screaming and laughing ensuing.
Rinse and repeat until we all eventually cooperate and get these gems.
At arm’s-length I was able to snap some pretty sweet selfies in auto-mode.
The goal wasn’t to get the most perfectly posed flawless pictures, but snapshots we can look back at and cherish.
Next I did something I want to push myself to do annually… And I highly recommend doing this at least once. You know those questionnaires our kids fill out around Mother’s Day? I love reading the silly things my kids answer about me. But you know what’s even better? Hearing them!
I set my EOS M50 camera up on my mini tripod and rattled off a series of Mother’s Dat interview questions. Lee Lee even got in on a few.
So this May make it a goal to get in the picture, and record some video moments with your little ones too. I promise you’ll thank me later. And if you want to use the same questions we used you can download our free Mother’s Day Questions printable here.
Happy Mother’s May!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Canon USA. The opinions and text are all mine.
Over the last seven years I’ve written about my baby making machine being off, switched on, back off, and on again. Now I have no idea if it’s off for good, or if there’s one more good run in me. I’m about 50/50 split right now. … But more on that later.
For the last several of months I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog, where it started, and where it’s going. My pregnancy journey has been a HUGE part of this experience, and though it’s not the main focus now, it still plays a part. So do my experiences as a wife and mother, career-woman and semi-domestic wannabe person.
One theme that’s remained consistent through all of this has been my desire to document my journey creatively so that I can look back on it with my family and enjoy it for years to come.
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different?”
That quote by C. S. Lewis. perfectly states a big part as to why I do this. And hopefully, in the process it gives you inspiration for making your own memories last.
I’ve made some upgrades around here. For one, you’ll notice my navigation menu got a facelift. Now it’s way easier to locate certain posts or topics within my blog by selecting from the main categories. Featured are the 5 main focuses of my blog, and underneath I break it down into more specific topics within each category.
Making Beautiful Memories are my personal journals from TTC-contemplation to pregnancy, he says/ she says debates, and my favorite motherhood stories.
Making Strong Roots is where I share stories pertaining to our multiracial family, traditions and religion.
Oh, and one last thing. Notice that little symbol at the end of my new blog header? I asked a half a dozen people to confirm I wasn’t the only person who still knew what a movie reel was. When my 18-year-old sister passed the test I figured we were good to go.
This means I plan to bring a lot more videos to this space. I’ve already started doing this the last few months and I plan to keep them coming.
Last week I made a video to quickly share what I’m all about, and what you’ll get from me here and on my YouTube Channel. My husband even cooperated and makes an appearance!
I’m telling you, as much as I love pictures, I love video more. You can’t display them around your house like you can with photos. But nothing brings you back to a memory like a video of that moment. I want YOU to make videos. You won’t regret it.
I’ve been video recording and editing since high school, and professionally doing it since college. Now I want to share what I know with you.
It’s ok if you don’t have a video camera. I’ll show you how you can make short movies on your phone too. (Though I may have to get my hands on an Android to be fair to my non-iPhone users.) And other tips and prompts to get you going.
I’m planning to start off with a new video about what’s in my camera bag, and what lenses I use for certain situations. Then I’ll move on to a tripod demo, or my recommendations for movie editing. Of course there will still be our silly and special family videos along the way.
I’d love to hear topics you’d like to learn about. Let me know in the comments or send me an email. You can also subscribe to my youtube channel. It’s free and you’ll be the first to know when I share something new.
Whether you’re here for the stories, the lessons, or because you have nothing better to do, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy the improvements.
What do you think of the new look? What’s something you hope to read or learn more about?
From your baby’s first day in your arms, to her first steps. There’s a lot that flies by. If you want to remember it in as much detail as you can, you are probably rapidly taking photos. But what about video? Today I’m sharing 10 milestones you’ll definitely want to catch on video.
1 and 2 are easy: Christmas/ first holidays, and birthday
But these other eight you may not have thought of
3. Birth day: As in the day she’s born. Some of those sweet moments from the first day you meet. You’ll never get that back, but at least you can watch it over and over again.
4. Laughing: What makes your baby laugh? Do it, and have your camera ready.
5. Crying: It sounds wrong, but it’s so cute if you do it right. Babies cry a lot, sometimes they’re tired or gassy, but when it’s caused by teething it’s good to have Baby Orajel™ Naturals Teething Tablets on hand. And while they’re taking effect, and you’re soothing your baby, record a little bit of those soft baby cries.
6. Crawling: Did your baby have a funny crawl like my daughter? A photo only gives you a glimpse of how it was, but a video puts the memory in full focus.
7. First Foods: What’s your baby’s favorite foods? Are they a messy or a neat eater?
8. Walking: while you may not catch your baby’s very first steps, the first few weeks of learning how to walk look pretty similar. When you see he’s starting to try, keep your camera (or phone) on hand.
9. Talking: From those sweet coo sounds to first words, record your favorites.
10. Favorite Things: Either your favorite things, or your babies’. Do you love bath time? Going on walks? Swinging? You’ll want to save some of those smiles. Remember you don’t need a fancy camera to record these moments, you can just use your cell phone which you know you always have on hand. If you start running out of space just email the videos to yourself and save it someplace else as a backup before you delete.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the maker of Baby Orajel™ through CafeMom. I received compensation but all opinions and thoughts stated within this post are my own.
I'm a part-time journalist, full-time wife and mother striving to make the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day.