I've always been a very photogenic person for as long as I can remember but unfortunately I don't have many photos that show how my personality as a child may have been. For whatever reason I've never asked my mother why I hadn’t has as many pictures as my brother. Personally because of that I knew things would change once I had children. I knew I wanted to make sure I captured every moment of his personality as much as I could. As he grows and continues to mature into such a smart, energetic and all around loving son it’s even more important that while I capture the moment I hold dear to the memories that reflect every moment I’m able to take a picture or video of him. Just the other day my wife and I were going through pictures looking with amazement at how much he’s grown into such a wonderful little guy.
Typically when I’m taking pictures of him I have them saved on my phone but because I take so many pictures of him I always seem to run out of space on my phone. Luckily I have drop box which allows me to store pictures that I saved in a specific file in my Dropbox but just the other day I received a message from Dropbox informing me that I was running out of space. I would normally every few months import the drip box pictures to a file on my computer separating all the pictures that I capture but because I’ve been so busy I haven’t had the opportunity to do so.
As a parent it does something to me knowing that although I didn’t have many pictures as a child that I’ll forever be able to share with my son and his children the memories that my wife and I have captured with my son. I enjoy the moments when he knows there’s a camera in his face and he makes sure he smiles to the camera or how when he and I take selfies the many faces he makes that show his personality. Every 3 to 4 months we take family pictures with a photographer I met a few years ago but just the other week we decided that Matthew would take pictures by himself for his upcoming 1st birthday. It was a relief for my wife and I not having to prepare ourselves and him to take family photos but it was more a joy to see him interacting with our photographer. The end results is what my wife and I are looking forward to seeing and hopefully one day he’ll have the opportunity to reflect with my wife and I the many memories that we’ll be able to enjoy as he grows.
I would encourage every parent to make sure your capturing the moments with your children. Capture memories that last a lifetime and that you can share with generations to come. As a parent it makes me value the time I’ve had with my child especially being home but it can also help parents who don’t have the opportunity to be home to enjoy the memories even while there at work providing for the family.
Matthew Gamble Sr. is a father, husband, friend, and blogger. He writes about what it's like to raise Matthew Gamble II also known as M2 as a stay at home father. Join him on his journey into fatherhood with Mr. Daddy Duties!!!