Make Meaningful Memories on your iPhone
Photography helps me see and to focus on moments that would otherwise slip byâ€¦ the small everyday moments of joy and delight that make up a life.
And as I talked about last week, myÂ iPhone is my favorite camera for doing this.
I love my iPhone photos. Each photo that I edit and share is like a precious jewel to me in the crown of parenthood that, letâ€™s face it, is not all sunshine and roses. Iâ€™m not saying enjoy every moment. But photographing my kids helps me to more fully experience, enjoy and focus on the daily moments that are worth savoring.
Here are some recent favorites:
Liam started kindergarten at a public charter school this year and, after three and a half years of preschool, it has been a whole new experience for us that includesÂ a school uniform, taking the subway together every morning, and a new level of intensity in the classroom for Liam.
It has overall been aÂ wonderful experience for the entire family.Â My husband and I share drop-offs and Jack loves to visit the classroom when he can.Â Not only that, but weâ€™veÂ become part of a new community of families that we could potentially be with until 12th grade!
I wonâ€™t lie, mornings can be stressful. Trying to get two kids as well as ourselves out the door on time is no mean feat, but on the day I took this photo, we managed to be one of the first to arrive in the classroom, and I loved how Liam went to his chair and got to work on his â€śnumber bonds.â€ť He looks like such a big kid and Iâ€™m so proud of how hard he has been working and much he has grown this year.
Another part of our new schedule this year is an earlier pick-up than before. I pick him up from school two days a week and I love the extra one-on-one time I get before itâ€™s time to pick up Jack. And yes, occasionally we stop off for a treat! Liam shares my sweet tooth and it is always special for both of us.
Liamâ€™s reading has exploded lately, and Jack loves to do what his brother does. I hadnâ€™t been the one to take them toÂ the library for a long time, so when we went recently one weekend it was so great to see them plop themselves down on the rug with a book. I always love how kids are so comfortable on their bellies.Â This moment was totally spontaneous and un-posed.
We love our local playground, and my husband has a ritual of pushing the kids on the swings while telling superhero â€śrescueâ€ť stories, even though they really are too big for the baby swings now!
I love to see them both swinging back and forth and giggling, and I love capturing the relationship my husband has with them.
Jack.Â Amazing and awesome Jack. Three years old, he embodies the Ames book title Your ThreeÂ Year Old: Friend or EnemyÂ and thatâ€™s exactly what these two photos show. On the left, we have dear sweet funny hilarious Jack singing a funny song on the guitar. On the right we have angry Batman having a meltdown about needingÂ to wear a coat (in 38F weather). I love both these momentsÂ that epitomize a personality I wouldnâ€™t change for all the world, not that I love all tantrums, but I know we can all relate to the frustration over this never-ending winter! Poor Batman.
One of the my favorite things about being a mom is seeing my kids bond and develop friendships with other kids. I am so grateful for the wonderful friends theyÂ have made each year. The other day at the playground Jack totally lit up when he saw his friend from preschool and they had such a blast running around, whispering and giggling.
Me and my little guy. Â One of many moments Iâ€™ll never forget, thanks to my iPhone.
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Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer and photography coach for parents with Photosanity. A former architect and interior designer, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her two boys Liam, age six, and Jack, age three.
Alethea is on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their childrenâ€™s lives through photography. Find her on http://photosanity.com