Taking photos and journaling about mine and my family's life is something I absolutely love doing. I truly believe that all of our stories are important and that if we don't capture them they will be lost forever.
Documenting your story doesn't have to be overwhelming or time consuming. All it really takes is a little planning and the willingness to try.
A few years ago I took a theme based approach to my documenting, which ensures I capture purposeful photos and tell meaningful stories. It is this approach I will share with you in posts to come. I will share why theme based documenting works for me, how it helps me capture stories that are important to me and my family, and how it encourages me to take creative everyday photos that help tell those stories.
But, before we get started there is a quote I need to share with you from the amazingly talented Ali Edwards, "There is no right or wrong way to document your story." This quote lives in my office and I probably look at it a hundred times a day. For me there are absolutely no "rules" when it comes to documenting your story. It is your story and you can choose to tell it however you want.
Here are some examples of me choosing to document my life, my way;
- I don't share every. single. story. I am not trying to capture every little detail, but instead I pick the stories I want to document and tell them in my own unique way.
- I don't document in chronological order. Sometimes the stories I am working on happened weeks ago, months ago, or even years ago, and I'm totally okay with that.
- I don't capture the sad stuff. To date I've never documented the sadder stories in my life. It's not that they don't happen, it's just that I choose not to document them, because to this date I've never missed not looking back on them. Capturing the happier stories of my life are the parts I want to remember.
- I don't feel obligated to use a current photo to tell my story. I will talk more about this in posts to come, but I don't feel the need to create from scratch every time. If I'm working on a particular theme and I have a photo that I took awhile ago that I haven't documented yet, I will use it. I never feel the need to create every little thing from scratch if I don't have too.
Those are just a few examples of why I don't use any rules when I'm creating. The process of capturing your everyday life should be fun, easy, and most importantly, stress-free. Life is stressful enough, documenting the good parts of it shouldn't be.
Tomorrow we'll talk about picking the right album size and then I will share with you my documenting theme for January, along with photo ideas for capturing it and how I begin to design my pages.
See you soon and I'm so happy to have you here!