Why You Should Take a Picture Everyday

There’s one thing that I love about photographing my everyday and it is the satisfaction of seeing our everyday and adventures in a book at the end of the years. It’s a way for me to preserve our memories and leave a legacy for my kids.

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 I cherish the photos I take and the photos taken by my friends and family. Because I cherish them so much I love to share them. I love posting our family adventures on social media so that friends and family can see in real-time the adventures that we are taking but my favorite part is to create a photo book for each kid at the end of the year that has pictures from every adventure we have taken that year.

Starting a photography project is a big undertaking but I can guarantee you that it will pay off in the end. Here are 4 reasons why you should shoot every day!

You never know what your day will bring 

We don’t wake up each morning knowing how our day will unfold so taking your camera with you to capture your day is a great way to document the ups and downs. Even the ordinary needs to be remembered! If we can’t tell what a day will bring there’s no way for us to predict how a year will unfold, therefore taking a photo a day is a great way to remember how you began the year and how the year ended. And pictures are a great way to remember what we have to be thankful for.

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You children will thank you

This became so true for me when my mom passed, I was extremely thankful that she had taken pictures of us as a family and pictures of us with her, they are a great way to look back and remember all of the good times. And now that she’s gone pictures of her are what sparks the memories I want to remember forever.  

If you have children your photos will most likely include your day to day adventures with them which will be so very exciting for them to look back on in the years to come. If you don’t have children it is just as important to photograph your daily life. There’s nothing more fun for your children than seeing what your life was like before you had them. Children love to see what you look like what you did and what you were passionate about.

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Your Photography Skills will Improve

There is something to be said about what an impact picking up your camera every single day can do for your photography. I was amazed at how much my photography style and camera skills drastically improved by taking a photo a day. By the end of the year, I could visually see an evolution in my photography skills as the days and months went by because I learned so much about photography and my camera every single day. 

Feeling of accomplishment 

It’s a really great feeling when you take your final picture of the year. You will feel it every time you see your images. This is why it is even more important to celebrate the completion of your 365 photography project with your family and friends by making a blurb book of all of your pictures.  A photo book is also a great way to see how far your photography has come, you’ll get to see the picture that you took at the beginning of the project and the picture at the end and I can guarantee there will be a huge difference in those two pictures.

So what is stopping you? Of every photographer who has completed a 365 project, not one has had any regrets. Whether it is to photograph memories for your family or to help improve your photography one day at a time there are too many wonderful reasons for you to pick up your camera and take a picture every day!

We would love to see your pictures be sure to tag us on social media with the #captureyouradventures365. 

Memorable Vacation Photos

Vacations are special to us because they are the time we get to slow down, spend time with our families, and do something we love. These vacations/adventures are something that we all want to capture and share but have you ever picked up your camera on vacation taken the shot and then been disappointed with the result?  I know I have, but with some practice, I have found a system that works for me and I get the memorable vacation photos I want. 

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A Variety of Shots

My goal when it comes to taking vacation pictures is to create a photo book when we get home. So with that goal in mind I think about the layout of the book and the type of shots I want to capture. I know that for a spread (two pages) I need 3 to 8 pictures, so when I pick up my camera I try to take at least 8 pictures before putting it back down.  

This might sound crazy at first but hear me out. I will start by taking a pullback image so the viewer can see the entire scene. From there I will step closer to my subjects. I will move around them to get different pictures at different angles.  I will also focus on different things to show the details and what they are doing. Here are some angles to think about when taking pictures- straight on, from the side, from above, from behind, etc. 

Whether you’re on vacation or even just at home your pictures will be so much more interesting if you get low.  Get on eye level with your kids so that you can see the scene the same as they do. It is amazing how just changing your height can improve a picture.

More often than not when people take pictures they stand too far away. Don’t be afraid to have your subject fill the frame; it will be a much more interesting picture.

I like to get a mix of individual shots and group shots to mix things up. It is also a great way to show who we were on vacation with.

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The Details

Most of the time the place we visit is just as important as the people who are there, so I want to make sure I am taking pictures of our surroundings (big landscape shots and tiny details). I will often start taking our vacation photos when I start packing our bags. When the kids were younger we had so much gear that we had to take with us I always thought it was just crazy!! Now that they are older we don’t take as much gear but I don’t want to forget that season of our life where each kid had 2-3 bags just for a weekend trip. Lol 

Pictures of signs and buildings are a great way to document your location.  These pictures pair really nicely next to pictures of your kids in a photo book and they bring back memories from the trip.  Don’t forget the epic landscape shots that will give an overall feeling of where you were. 

Take Candid Photos

When you take pictures of your kids engrossed in an activity you end up with gorgeous photos. These moment show them in the most natural way- investigating an ant hill, gazing at a painting in a museum, or climbing the monkey bars and isn’t that how we want to remember them? 

Besides, candid photos of your children mean they won’t have a chance to stick out their tongue or turn away from the camera. 

I’m pretty sure you would agree that family vacations should also be about the kids not just getting the perfect smiling group photo. So let your kids explore and immerse themselves on vacation just have your camera ready to snap a photo.

Always take a Group Photo.

If you’re wanting to take better photos on vacation don’t wait until the end of an outing or an adventure to take a picture by that time your kids will be impatient, tired and hungry. That is not exactly the best ingredients for a memorable photo of your kids.

That being said trying to get a good picture at the beginning of an activity or an adventure is easy either because all your kids want to do is explore they don’t wanna sit still to take a picture. Instead I wait to take a group picture somewhere in the middle of your adventure and if you don’t get it the first time move onto a different location and try again. We aren’t against bribery either. 🙂

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Make them Part of Documenting the Vacation

Just like if you were home and your kids get tired of having the camera in their face all the time so to keep them engaged in taking pictures and willing subjects I always try to get them involved. Hunter is the easiest he loves to be in the picture and then if you let him hold the camera and take a picture he’s so much happier. This takes all of maybe 30 seconds and he is a much more willing subject later on. 

You can also involve your kids by doing photo scavenger hunt where you have them look for different things on your adventure and have them take pictures of the items or you can take a picture of it just gonna keep everyone engaged in the activity.

Use the Rule of Thirds

I think using the rule of thirds is my number one piece of advice I give anyone when they ask about taking better pictures so I’m going to give it again use the rule of thirds. If you want to know more information about the rule of thirds you can visit Using the Rule of Thirds blog post. The biggest thing to know is you can turn on the grid on your phone and on your camera to help you along the way.

Get in the Frame

Don’t forget to get in the picture as well.  You are on the vacation too so you need to be captured enjoying your adventures. Hand the camera to your significant other or even to your kids.  Just get in the picture, you will thank me later!!

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Taking the photos is just the beginning 

Once you get home you’re going to want to edit the pictures and put them in a photo book so that you can remember the vacation.

When we get home I will upload all of our pictures into Adobe Lightroom based on the month and the date and maybe a little bit about what adventure we were on. From there I will go through and cull the pictures and pick out the ones that I like the best and tag them. Each kid has their own tag and each vacation has it own tag.  This year we didn’t get to go on spring break because of Covid-19 but I knew I wanted to document our “vacation” at home.  So I tagged the pictures from our vacation week “corona-cation”.

I have created our vacation books in both blurb and chatbooks.  I tend to like blurb for the longer vacations that I have taken more pictures.  For the shorter vacations I will do a chatbook

I have also shot an entire vacation with my iPhone. I put all of those pictures into a chatbook because it was easier. 

On your next vacation don’t forget your camera. Enjoy your vacation but be ready to pull out your camera and capture those unforgettable moments.  You will love looking back at your memorable vacation photos and remember the amazing vacation.  Share your pictures with us on social media @living_our_adventures or #capture-your-adventures, we can’t wait to see them!

Changing Your Mindset to Capture the Moment

For years after getting my first DSLR camera and starting my photography journey I compared my pictures to those I saw on Instagram or Pinterest.  I wished my pictures were bright and airy, my subjects weren’t things around my house or my dog. I was comparing myself to others that had been in the business for years, where I was just starting and still needed to learn.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and my pictures weren’t going to be perfect overnight, but at the time I fell into the comparison trap almost daily. I need to change my MINDSET!

It wasn’t until I found my “why” and my true passion that I became more content with where I was in my photography journey. Yes, I still want my pictures to look like the photographers I follow on Instagram but I am learning to be content with where I am in my photography journey and the pictures that I am taking. 

Instead of getting down on myself and shying away, I am trying to give myself grace and focus on capturing the moment. 

By doing this I have captured opportunities that I would have otherwise missed.  I have been able to capture moments that my kids will remember for years to come. It has challenged me to learn more about photography and practice. 

So how did I become content with where I was in my photography journey? With awareness, acceptance, and patience. Here’s how you can cultivate these three things in your life to feel more content with where you are in your photography journey:

How To Be Content With Where You Are

Cultivate Awareness

In order to be content with where you are in your journey, you need to become aware of how far you have come. Most of us are so focused on the future or what we want something to be that we rarely stop to appreciate where we started from. Instead, take some time to reflect on how far you have come. A great way to do this is to look back at those photo books that you have created. I know for me I see so much progress in my photography when I look at the photo books I created before my kids. 

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Of course, there are moments when you’ll compare yourself to others or wish that your pictures looked different. Remember that these moments will pass and you won’t feel this way forever. If anything, mindfulness teaches you that none of your thoughts, feelings or beliefs have to be permanent.


Accept Where You Are and Work to Make it Better

Once you’ve become more aware of how far you have come, you have to cultivate greater acceptance – of yourself and your pictures. Acceptance is the willingness to see things as they are in the present, not clouded by judgment and bias.

Think you need to be better at something or feel that you should be more like so-and-so? Ask yourself if these thoughts are coming from a place of self-compassion. If they’re fueled by jealousy or comparison, take a step back and ask yourself what is most important for you right now: accepting yourself and your pictures as you are OR trying to make your work into someone completely different.

This doesn’t mean that you should passively accept everything as it is. Obviously there is always room for improvement (especially in our world today), but acceptance means not forcing things to be a particular way. Instead, stay open to the idea that there is more than one way to do something. And keep practicing!!


Practice Patience

Patience is about letting things unfold in their own time. If you allow yourself grace, compassion, and patience, you will see that you are already capturing those moments that you treasure and you are more likely to be content with where you are in your journey. Sometimes we rush into things or make impulsive decisions because we’re afraid of not succeeding.

Patience will help you love the pictures you have taken and encourage you to keep practicing.

Take the pressure off yourself by giving yourself some breathing room. Step away from seeking perfection and just take the picture. Sometimes you have to trust the process and believe that you’ll get where you want to be. Start embracing the moment and be open to whatever it takes you.


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Changing Your Mindset to Capture the Moments

Leaving a Legacy

Did anyone else sob like a baby during the Google Super Bowl commercial or Just me? I guess for me it hit home and hit hard especially after losing my mom. The commercial was a reminder to me of how important memories are and not just the big memories (holidays and adventures) but the little things too. It sparked my desire to leave a legacy.

I started to think about the day to day things that I do and that my kids do. Many of the things I thought of were temporary, we would do them during this season of our life but they wouldn’t be something we did forever. I realized that I wanted to remember those little things we did every day. I wanted to remember the things that would one day be gone. 

Right before that commercial aired Jamie was grousing about all of the kid’s toys and how much of a mess the living room was. I just looked at him and said “you’re going to miss this.” He just looked at me, my response was “one day there won’t be a mess and you will want there to be one. One day there won’t be any toys on the shelf and believe it or not one day they won’t be here to make the mess. So enjoy the toys, the mess, and the noise because one day it will be clean and quiet.” 

As to not forget what I wanted to capture I started writing post-it notes to remind me of pictures I wanted to take. I haven’t quite figured out a place to put these post-it notes so they are visible and reminders of times I want to pick up my camera, but until then I will continue to write them and snap pictures. 

If you are struggling with what you want to remember to check Creating Your Family Legacy for a list of questions that will encourage you to reflect and think about those moments.

Below are some of the “things” I don’t want to forget. 

Henleigh learning to “i love you” in sign language.
Helping with the firewood.
Garrett always drinking water!
Marisol sleeping in a laundry basket.
Henleigh reading.
Marisol’s Piggy Feet.
Garrett opening a cookie.
All of the coats that never get picked up.

Interested in how I share our family pictures and work towards leaving a legacy? Check out Sharing Memories.