Real life children and family documentary photographer in the Tampa Area3 ways to preserve your family memoriesWays to preserve the seasons of your life.

We spent New Years Eve this year camped in our yard with close friends. We set up tents, had a bon fire, roasted s'mores. The next day we all piled onto our little golf cart to head down to the creek for a little fishing. It was a great memory with my littles and their friends. These are buddies that they hang with on a very often basis, but with my oldest being only 5 I know his memory of these times is fleeting. Think back to when you were little, just how far back can you remember? 

Our lives are full of change. It ebbs and flows with peaks and valleys. The days can be long, but the years are so short and many of us look for ways to hold on to those moments. You want something to look through in the years to come that will immediately bring you back to that moment. To remember the sounds, the smiles, the giggles, and the tears. What your life was like before you had kids, when you were still in college, your senior year in high school, getting your own kids through high school sports, your retirement years, all the seasons of your life.

Real life family photographer in the Tampa Bay areaMy mom and dad before a life with kidsThis is one of the only pictures I have of my mom and dad before kids.

Here are some great ideas to document the seasons of your life and a few cool freebies! I know this can be daunting, and if you are like me you think, why start now, but why not? Sure I only have a few pictures of my life pre kids, but I sure wish I had more images to share with my children who I was before they invaded my life. Above is an image of my parents, pre kids, pre life that caused big changes. It is the only picture I have of my mom with 2 legs before her accident, and it means the world to me. 

I have a few images of my first kid, they aren’t the pretty pictures I have now, but again, who cares! I have pictures of our life when it was only three people in our house. OH I have a baby book, somewhere I think, with a page or two filled out, but this shouldn’t stop us from starting a new book now. Now I have enough pictures to fill 10 shoe boxes. I have albums and big prints on the wall, I have memories frozen in time. I didn’t always have this, but I am so glad I started this now. It’s never too late!

real life lifestyle photographer in the Tampa Bay AreaBucket warsPreserving real life one photograph at a time as a family and children photographer



Real life driven pictures are like a song, telling a story, transporting you into the past.

I know you take lots of pictures (ok, maybe I take lots of pictures). Your iphone is so full there isn’t even room to have the Instagram app. You have pictures of your kid’s artwork, the dog licking ice cream off your son’s face and that selfie of your sleeping baby on your chest. This collection of photos adds up to your memories.

  • Think about a 365 project, taking one image every day of the things that are important to you and then printing an album at the end of the year. 
  • Print your images, either in an album, as loose prints in a keepsake box, or as prints for your walls.
  • Hire a documentary photographer (like me). Someone that captures real life and real moments and then provides you with ways to archive those images in print form. Someone that captures you in the frame too. Huffington Post just shared a great article with tips and tricks about moms getting in the picture so our children and grandchildren will know what we looked like back when.

Real life family photographer in the Tampa Bay areaDay 59 of my 365 personal photo a day projectI love capturing the details like dirty feet and dirty windows


Have you ever read back over that diary from junior high? The one with the gushiness (yes this is a real word) in it about the love of your life, your first kiss, or how unfair your life was (if we only knew then what we know now). I was never much of a writer, I would get about three days in a bail, but that’s the great thing about journals, you don’t have to write in it every day or once a week or any set schedule.

  • Start a blog or online journal
    • Word Press, Wix, Weebly and many others have free blogging capabilities that you can keep private or share with friends and family.
    • There are lots of free online journal sites can be even easier than a blog.
    • Here is a link for an awesome word document to drop in photos and journal that way! 
  • Get an old fashioned pen and notebook
    • Write daily, monthly, when big things happen, when you think about it
    • Write a letter to someone, maybe each child or your significant other on their birthday. This is a great way to reflect back on the year that passed and on the future.
    • Have one notebook per person or just one for everyone
    • Washi tape images in your book for an easy way to create a scrap book and add images to your stories
  • Open an email account
    • Start an email account for each person to keep it more personal, or for the family as a whole.
    • Treat it just like a journal; emailing stories, letters, videos, images or just quick tidbits. This makes preserving things on the fly super easy.

Real life family photographer in the Tampa Bay areaUsing Social Media to Preserve MemoriesWays to use and print social media to preserve memories

Social Media

To me this marries journaling with photography in an easy way! Do you love the “On this day” notification to be able to look back through your memories for the past 8 years? I get so excited when I see it pop up, it’s like visiting old friends every day. I also know how often you are posting to Facebook or Instagram. Your new ring finger bling, the honey moon trip to Mexico, the baby announcement, the baby’s first steps, all of these things you record on social media. If you are like me, you post a lot (sometimes too much) and I love making sure all those moments don’t go the way of myspace (please tell me you get this reference and I’m not dating myself!) Here are some great options for getting those things off your computer and into your hands. They all will print not only the image, but the caption, date, location and even the comments, cause we all want to remember what Uncle Joe had to say..... 

  • ChatBooks Have you seen the commercial, totally true to my life. I just ordered my first one (free) and I can’t wait to see it
  • Blurb Books I really liked the look of these and might go with them after looking at my chatbook
  • My Social Book


Real life family photographerGet in the picture moms and dads Make sure you are not only preserving your memories but that you are in them

Want to know more?

Check out this post from Click it Up a Notch and their 5 creative ways to preserve memories OR Just contact me and we can chat!!

What other creative ideas have you come up with for preserving your memories? Feel free to tell me, Share it up!!! :) 


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