Capture the moments

I grew up with a dad who captured almost every day of my life on camera. That was what he did— took pictures and videos of his three kids and wife every moment he could. He documented my comedic temper tantrums, my awkward ballet recitals, graduating from college after six long years with two degrees, holding my 7-pound son after 22 hours of labor, juggling two kids under 2 years old with a venti coffee in one hand, and saying a teary-eyed goodbye when we moved across country this summer. My life has been immortalized through my father’s lens. And I am so thankful that he has done this for 28 years.

Now that I have a family of my own, this trait has carried over to me. I capture these moments that will sadly fade with time. Precious moments that get replaced with new ones, no matter how hard we try to stop it. It’s my hope to bring these instances back to life for my kids. I have that photographic gift to share with them. Just like my dad.

As soon as my son Jackson was born, my husband and I bought a Canon SLR camera. It was an investment that we knew would be worth it. I lugged that heavy beast around for a year and a half snapping thousands of pictures until my daughter was born. By then my diaper bag had become engulfed by diapers, wipes, baby toys, toddler toys and foreign food that was growing at the bottom. This was no place for an slr.

So last Christmas, my dad bought us the Canon s95. It is small (easily fits in my purse), takes clear photos, simple to use, the color is extremely rich, and it also shoots HD video. It’s my one stop shop to capture life’s moments in amazing quality. I have used it for a year now and have decided it is the best thing since Starbucks Coffee.

I am only sharing my love for this camera because I have been asked many times what camera I use. It’s nothing fancy, really. It’s perfect for parents who just want a point and shoot that actually takes really good photos. And if you want to be a little more daring, there is a full manual setting. This little camera never fails to wow me. Trust me, skip the basic camera and get this if you can afford it. You can get it on Amazon for $299 and it is worth every dollar. —Jen

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7 Responses to Capture the moments

  1. Jenni McKay December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Yet another thing we have in common, Jen! I so treasure all of the pictures I have of our kiddos…just got Carter’s second year book back fro MyPublisher and it’s wonderful! And I have the first chunk of Collin’s “365 Days” book done, too, though that won’t be printed until both books are done after his 1st birthday. Some day when I’m old and gray, I have a feeling those pages will become weathered and worn.

    I have the Kodak EasyShare Z980 and just love it to pieces. My parents gave it to us when Carter was born and it has witnessed all of the major moments in his and now Collin’s lives. I also love using Camera+ on my iPhone when we’re out and about and I make a habit of emailing the picture to myself immediately with the date in the subject line so I can organize it with my other photos.

    • familysponge December 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      I am a Camera+ junkie as well. It’s so convenient! I just wish the pics weren’t so grainy. Do you have that problem when you print them Jenni?

  2. Jadah December 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    This camera is on my wish list. This is such a sweet story Jen. I battle with capturing moments or being present in the moment. But my husband gets his fuel on reliving joyful moments over and over again by looking at pictures.

  3. Popo Joy December 7, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Such a sweet story. My mom, now 87 was the photographer taker of our family. Now, I am, and love every moment caught on film. Happy holidays Jen!

  4. Amy L. Norman December 7, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    What a touching story. My spouse and mother are the camera junkies in our house. I would love to own a professional quality camera and start photographing as a hobby and as a profession. 🙂

  5. Kendra Mitts December 8, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I love taking pictures of every moment with my daughter. My husband says I take to much. But I remind him that I want these moments on camera to show her when she’s older. Also it’s on digital now so it’s not wasting money.

    • familysponge December 8, 2011 at 9:03 am #

      I struggle with being in the moment or capturing the moment. My husband is the same way. But someone has to save these memories – Jadah

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