To get started, think about what you treasure most about your family and start photographing that! You don't have to wait for the perfect moment or buy a fancy camera. If you have a DSLR by all means use it. But don't make storytelling with photos an extra burden. What are the details and moments you never want to forget? How your son snuggles with you for no special reason? What about when your daughter picks you a bouquet of wild flowers after school? No matter what those moments are, they are the ones worth capturing. Plus, they keep you from having to ask your child to look at the camera and say "cheese", which we already know they hate. If you want more natural looking portraits hanging on your wall or in photo albums, the best times to capture them are when your children are doing something they enjoy doing.
If you've never written a letter to your children, this is a great way to tell the story of their life at that time so they can look back and see what life was like through your eyes. Here are a few prompts I recommend when writing a letter to your child:
1) What do you want to remember about this time in their life? What are their favorite hobbies, interests, foods or movies? 2) What do want them to know or never forget? Perhaps they started painting or playing a musical instrument at a young age. Or maybe, you realized at the age of three that he or she is left-handed like grandpa! 3) What piece of heritage do you want to want to document? Perhaps you named your child after a family member, or his/her name has a biblical meaning. 4) Share how much you love them. This is a great time to write down what you love most about what they're accomplishing at this stage of their lives. 6) What do you treasure most? Personally, I love that my children love crafting with me, baking in the kitchen and singing. These are characteristics I document regularly through photos, videos and writing.