My hubby and children have nicknamed me the *Mama-razzi*. Like paparazzi, but I'm a Mama....
When I am taking photos, I tend to take a lot of photos. I know that I can delete the bad ones and I would hate to miss that perfect photo. I stand on things or on tiptoe, I sit or lay on the ground if needed. Sometimes I get the tripod out and set it to take 10 photos consecutively- again and again.
Capturing moments and people was not something I came up with in my family. My Grandpa took videos and had hundreds of slides organized by date/event. My Dad followed right along. We have boxes of photos and now he has a harddrive full. I remember being *thrilled* as teenager when Dad had the video camera out on Christmas Eve with the blinding video light. But I have always loved looking at old photos and recordings. It is a window to see things that happened before I was born or could remember. Events that I experienced that would have otherwise been forgotten.
Great- Great and even Great-Great-Great Grandparents have a face. I don't have to imagine how my parents looked growing up. I would never believe that my older siblings were cute and loveable kids if it wasn't for the photographic evidence. I would never know that my whole family went on vacation without me when I was a baby ( I got to stay with the Grandparents)- without the evidence I would have nothing to fuel my anguish ;).
There comes a time when photos are all you have left of people. Knowing how much this means to me, I will continue recording everything that I can. I fully expect one or all of my children to do the same. Fo now, I will accept the title and responsible of being the Mama-razzi.