Tuesday, 11 February 2014


At the age of almost 27, my father has little opportunity to get cross with me these days. But occasionally I still catch him rolling his eyes at me... It's mostly when I get the camera out. He thinks I spend too much time taking photographs  of E rather than enjoying just being in the midst of it and enjoying her.

I agree, I spend a lot of my life observing through glass, through the lens of my camera. But I suppose dad doesn't see the day to day stuff we do, where the camera isn't out and we are just enjoying being. When we see dad, I want to photograph it all as we don't see him all that often and E is too little to remember our visits just yet.

I certainly photograph more of our lives than a lot of my friends do of theirs. There's two reasons. 1) I just love taking photographs, the challenge, the exploration, the creativity. 2) I want my children's lives to be as well documented as they can be. I want them to be able to look back, perhaps when I am gone, when they have their own children, you get my drift, and to not have to wonder about stuff, to have answers.

Actually, there's a 3rd reason: I don't want to forget it. It's all happening so quickly, being a mum, being pregnant, and I'm terrified that already I can't remember when stuff happened without looking in her baby book. The thousands of photographs keep it safe when my brain can't and needs a reminder. 

Sometimes I find that looking at life through glass helps me see more, not less. 

Sorry dad, you won't win this one.

The Reading Residence


  1. I find myself grabbing a camera more and more these days, and I suppose I worry that I'm so busy trying to capture the shot, I'm not enjoying the moment - this has crossed my mind more than once, so I get where your dad is coming from. But, and it's a BUT, when it comes down to it, I'm with you. I take more photos now, capture the little moments along with the milestones, and it'll help us all to remember. Lovely post, thanks for sharing with #TheThemeGame x

  2. I found since blogging that my camera cones out more and more. I love the fact that I can record so much more than I have before. I'm with you on this one :) Thank you for sharing with #TheThemeGame

  3. I have just written a post on photography and wanting to be able to take more and better pictures of the children while they are little. I think its really important to be able to capture these magic moments from their young lives. We just have to keep a balance between being their mums and being their official (photo) biographers! #TheThemeGame

  4. I need to take more pictures of our little bear but I do tend to find myself enjoying the moment more often than not. there are no excuses I. This digital age though.

  5. I'm with you, I have forgotten so much already, I'm going to keep taking the photos :) #TheThemeGame

  6. I always try and push myself to take more pictures but it never happens. When I do get around to having children though I imagine I'll be the same wanting every moment captured forever



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