Oh, how I hear you mama! Finding time for photography is hard. From the moment you wake up in the morning, your days are filled with maintaining a household, and keeping your baby upright and fed. Time for yourself? It’s rare, it’s fleeting, and when you get it, sometimes you just can’t move off the couch. I. hear. you!
Since we can’t add an additional day to the calendar, or several more hours to the days we already have, how do we make time for photography amidst our busy schedules? You have to be intentional about it. I promise you, it is possible. But you have to use the days and hours that you already have, and build photography into your everyday. If you go outside to ride bikes, bring your camera. If you’re playing in the playroom or in the kids bedroom, bring your camera. If you go to the park, bring your camera. Try to incorporate photography into whatever you are doing at the moment.
Here is a great example of how I incorporated photography into our evening routine a couple of nights ago. We gave our son a bath, so I snapped a few photos real quick of him in the sink, and then we headed upstairs to finish his bath time routine of diaper, lotion, getting dressed, etc. He also recently found his feet, so it was a prime opportunity for me to get him grabbing at his little toes on camera. Last night he stuck his foot in his mouth, so hopefully I can capture that tonight, haha!
Essentially, my goal is to create beautiful images out of everyday events. After all, this is our life! I want to remember it exactly as it is.
So, to incorporate photography into your everyday, here are my tips.. keep your camera out! If that means it sits on the kitchen counter, or coffee table, then that is where it sits. Give it a home. My camera has a home in basically every room of our house. It is never not out. If your camera is stuck in your camera bag somewhere, and a moment happens, you’re likely to miss it because you had to fumble to get your camera out of the bag to grab your shot.
You’re likely not going to pick your camera up everyday. I am making a better effort at taking a picture every single day, but it’s only realistic to assume that there will be days that it just does not happen. In lieu of picking up the camera every day, you could make an effort to take pictures of your kids once a month. Set up a photography project for yourself with your kiddos. This way you are still documenting that season of their life, and it will only eat up a very small segment of time in the grand scheme of things.
Here’s the thing though… your family naturally isn’t going to love your camera out all the time. So you need to explain to them how much photography means to you, that way they will help you find time to get the pictures you want. My husband understands how much I thrive off of photography, and he’s more than accommodating on several levels. He goes so far out of his way to help me. He even learned how to shoot in Manual Mode for me! If I want a family photo in the snow, he’s outside shoveling a path and setting up the tripod. Communication about your photography desires is key.
Listen, mamas… we wear a lot of hats. But remember that one of the hats we wear is to be a documentarian. If we do not document our families lives and each little moment, it will not get done. Being intentional about photographing your family will make you so happy and grateful in the years to come. I promise you that! Starting today, be intentional about photographing your life. Give your camera a home, and see where the journey takes you.