As a parent, especially a new one, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of “baby’s firsts” and you’ll probably want to document every moment. All throughout your child’s life, there are going to be thousands of reasons to celebrate and millions of perfect moments to capture and share. This is why it’s a great idea to start making home movies.
And what about Grandma and Grandpa? Of course they’ll want to see all the action too. Your children are growing and changing every day, what they are like today may not be what they’re like tomorrow, or even next month. Capturing and preserving these moments will provide you with a visual timeline that you can look back on for the rest of your life and one that you can share virtually with anyone.
Today’s technology makes it incredibly easy to create and save digital memories that can be shared for generations. There are more ways than you ever dreamed of to capture and organize memories, from digital cameras to photo-sharing websites and digital scrapbooks.
Digital cameras allow you to snap a large quantity of photos in a short time without caring what you’re actually shooting. So, if your children are doing something adorable, you can just click away, then look at the image and know immediately if it’s a keeper – if not, just delete it. Easy peasy. And by uploading the digital images to your computer’s hard drive, you can post pictures of the kids online or burn them to DVDs, making for simple sharing. The same goes for digital videos.
Videos are a fantastic way to preserve your favorite memories, since they capture every aspect of a moment, like the faces, personalities, setting, and dialogue. And you don’t have to invest in a fancy, expensive video camera, since most digital still cameras are quite capable of recording short stretches of video, although the image quality does differ.
Once you have your videos and photos, you can share them with Grandma and Grandpa, aunts and uncles, and friends via a number of online sharing options. If you want to share them privately, you can use Facebook or a file sharing site like Dropbox. If you’re looking for a more public platform, consider sites like YouTube and Vimeo for video-sharing options and Flickr and Shutterfly for photos.
Digital scrapbooking is becoming a popular method of preserving memories. Just like paper scrapbooking, but instead of prints, you take your digital or scanned photos and arrange them on your online scrapbook pages. Then you can easily add text and graphics to your unique design. Your completed digital scrapbook can then be shared online or printed. This is great because it’s pretty much a personalized photo album that can be passed on for generations.
Once you start a video archive of your family, the digital storing and sharing possibilities are endless. You will quickly and easily be able to look back on those special moments and celebrations again and again. And you’ll be making it possible for your entire family to join in the fun.