I picked up a camera four years ago, because I knew how important it was to document our life. I felt that taking pictures was an essential part of remembering all of the details of growing our family, but what I didn’t realize was how this camera of mine would totally transform my world.
Beryl Ayn Young teaches photography to nourish the mind, body, & soul and she is a regular contributor to Creative With Kids.
There have been quite a few surprising and hidden benefits that have arrived as a result of me picking up a camera.
Here are 15 ways I’ve discovered taking pictures (with any kind of camera) can help you rediscover yourself, ignite your passions, and help you become a better moms in the process.
1) The camera is an instant smile maker.
2) Photography is a creative outlet that feeds a mama’s soul and allows you to be an active participant in your self-care while raising kids.
3) This is a hobby that can easily connect you with other moms (hello Instagram!) who are passionate about the same things as you.
4) There’s a bit of light in each and everyday.
5) You become more mindful about documenting the details in your life that are too easily forgotten.
6) You learn to capture beauty and find peace within the mess of motherhood (dirty dishes, piles or laundry, strew toys)
7) It’s a way to keep the ‘adult’ side of your brain actively learning and growing as you conquer the technical side of what makes your camera work.
8) You’re excited to do more activities as a family because you want to document fun adventures together.
9) It’s an activity that doesn’t make a mess. (YAY!!)
10) Looking through photos (and/or editing them) is a way to rest and unwind at the end of a long tiring day.
11) It’s a great way to get in good with the grandparents, inlaws, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc…when you share what you’ve snapped.
12) Taking pictures is a form of self-care that can be accomplished in small chunks of time without a whole lot of resources or equipment required (hooray for cell phone cameras!)
13) You know that you are giving your children a precious gift of memories that they’ll cherish for a lifetime.
14) Sitting down and looking at old photos is the perfect way to earn some extra snuggle time with your kiddos.
15) Your kids will see an empowered and confident role model as you embrace a hobby you love.
If you’d love some new tips, tricks, and techniques for capturing your family memories, both big and small I’d love for you to join me for a free week long online photography class called ‘One Ingredient Fix’. In this guided class, I’ll share key ingredient moms and dads should add into their photo taking recipe books (no matter what camera you’re using) to capture your perfectly imperfect moments.
Get yourself registered right HERE right now.