When you’re a new mom you’re constantly thinking about all the firsts you want to take photographs of. Your child’s first steps, their first smile, the first time they eat real food, the first time they ride a bike and as you know there are firsts for every moment. I tend to take all those firsts for granted. I forget that he has never seen a snow storm or that he has never gone fishing. So my goal for my son’s third year of life is to capture the story of those firsts. My second goal, which I failed during this fishing trip, is to make sure I am in the photos too, whether I set-up a camera on a tripod or hire someone to go with us.
Unfortunately for me it’s extremely hard to get decent photos when you take them yourself or your husband makes fun of me for using a selfie stick. Like many people I get self conscious too. I have worked hard to get over it and to take my camera everywhere with me. Now I don’t care if I get funny looks because I know I’ll have preserved amazing memories of my family. I want to fill my home with these kind of stories. I want to see these happy memories everyday and I want quality photos, not iPhone photos. Have you ever printed an iPhone photo? They look great on your screen, but crazy, weird when printed.
First times deserve great photos! I am a huge advocate of getting photos printed because if you’re anything like me they’ll sit on your computer and you may look at them yearly. I also don’t want to lose my photos. About a year ago I got a new computer and thought I transferred all my photos. Turns out I didn’t and I lost about a third of them. I was so bummed. I even lost some wedding photos. No matter how many times and back ups you have something always goes wrong, so print your photos! Alright enough ranting, moving on.
My husband loves to fish and has been talking about taking my son fishing for sometime. I think he literally talked about it everyday until we made the trip. I realized that this trip absolutely had to be documented as it was really important to my husband. So for me, it really didn’t matter if I was in the pictures that much. It was more important to capture these two fishing together for the first time.
My husband bought him an R2D2 fishing pole off of Amazon. My son loves R2D2, even though he’s never even seen the any of the Star Wars movies. So that, as his first fishing pole is perfect. As soon as my son saw the pole he knew exactly what it was. He’s been pretending to fish with a toy rod that his grandma got him for a few months now. Unfortunately, the R2D2 was given to him the night before. He was very disappointed when he couldn’t use it at that moment.
Fortunately, we were planning the trip for the next day. We headed to Folsom Lake. We knew he probably wouldn’t catch anything there, but he doesn’t have a hook on it anyway. My husband just wanted him to learn how to cast. For the most part, he did very well and good thing it didn’t have a hook! I don’t know how many times it got caught on someones jacket or wrapped around his torso. It didn’t bother him though. He’d get it unwrapped and do it all over again.
When he got bored with fishing, as kids do, he’d throwugh rocks in the lake. He then would go back to his fishing rod and spend 15 minutes casting. We have spent up to two hours doing this. It’s amazing to think someone so little could be occupied so long by something as simple as fishing.
I know that this series of pictures is only the beginning of their fishing journey. I am sure I will document many more over the years, but this one will always be close to my heart. I will always remember the pure joy and excitement my son felt . His face lights up when he gets to go fishing and even though my husband isn't necessarily fishing when they go he might get just as excited, if not more excited, than my son.
Do you remember your child's first? Do you have photos of them? I really, really hope so. I hope they are in an album for guests to look at sitting on your coffee table. I hope that every time someone comes over they'll look at them in awe and want to know more about those days. I hope you are still excited to talk about those firsts 20 years from now and can pass on the albums to your children and generations to come. It's the best gift anyone could give to a family member. So get out there and document those firsts.