Making Memories | Raleigh Family Photographer

A few nights ago, I was putting Talah to bed and she had her camera in bed with her. Sometimes she likes to sleep with it : ) It’s a digital camera for kids and does actually work at a very low quality, but I’ve been a bad mom and haven’t replaced the batteries in over a year. Even if it did work, there would be no pictures on it other than maybe a couple of photos of carpet or a random elbow, since she was only two years old the last time it worked. Despite that fact, as Talah and I were lying in her bed, she started to scroll through all the imaginary pictures on the back of the camera.

“Look, Mommy, there’s you and me! We’re painting together,” she said.  “We got paint in our hair. We’re so silly!”

She went on to look at more “pictures.”

“Here’s you pushing me on the swings! And here we are making pizza together!”

She went through several more memories, including eating pickles with Daddy, running around at Mimi’s and Gramps’ house, opening presents, going on Soarin’ at Epcot, playing Candy Land, accidentally hitting Daddy on the head, etc. Some of the things she described do exist in picture form from other cameras we own, but just as many of the things she said were pure memories she’s been collecting. I’ll be honest. It made me tear up a little.

It struck me how much she already connects photographs with memories. At three years old, she already understands how important it is. It really reaffirmed what I already know as a photographer, and made me want to encourage others to make more memories and take more pictures–even if it’s on your phone, like the picture below. It’s not a good picture, by any means, but I don’t care. It was the first time Talah and I made pizza together and was a fun night for us.

I plan to make a lot of memories in this lifetime. In the meantime, I’m going to replace the batteries in Talah’s camera.