As much as we bemoan the constant presence of our phones, it’s so easy to forget to photograph those sweet everyday moments. Instead, you end up with a camera roll full of posed photos and blurry action shots. Art director and Define Magazine founder Amanda Jane Jones really captures the essence of childhood — the lazy days, the favorite toys, the feet sticking out of the bath. Here, she gives us a little reminder of nine moments to pull out your camera…
In the Tub
Taking pictures in the bath is an easy way to see them grow. It’s basically the same photo every time you take it, so you can see how much they’ve changed.
While They Are Sleeping
Kids are cuddliest first thing in the morning, so we keep our camera by the bed in the event something super cute happens.
Against a Wall
This makes me sound weird but I keep an eye out for cool walls. If I find a good one, I’ll put a pin in the map. We also live next to an old college campus with ivy-covered buildings. I look out for super overgrown walls so all you see are leaves.
Growing up, my mom would always say, “You’ll never remember me at any of these events or trips because I’m always taking the pictures.” My husband, Cree, and I talked about it before we even had children. It’s very important to me that I’m in photos with my kids.
It’s an easy photo to take by yourself. They’re spontaneous and so cute.
In the Air
Dad’s definitely the thrower and picker-upper and wrestler of the family. I love capturing that.
Jane is still obsessed with that bear above. She sleeps with him every night. It’s nice to capture these moments in time before they move on to other things.
Generally, taking a photo in profile is a happy accident, but sometimes if Jane has a cute bun, I’ll tell her to look at something, or have Daddy stand in the corner, then snap a pic.
Sometimes it’s fun to capture them mid-action. The other day I found Jane leaning over Miles with her pretend camera going, “SOOOO CUUUUUUTTTEE.” Then she turned the camera to “show” me the photo. Ha!
Thanks so much, Amanda!