How Important Is Time Consciousness?

June 2, 2010

Do you know how important is time consciousness? As a parent we are all excited when our first child arrives, and we vow we are going to record their history in photographs. So how are you doing with the record of your child’s history?

Recently I watched an interview with former first lady Laura Bush, and I was struck by a comment she made. She said “The days seemed long but the years were short.” As a grandmother I look back and I understand what she meant.

Each day seems so busy, and at the end we are exhausted from the demands of the children. Then one day we wake up and are told we are suffering from the “empty nest” syndrome: the kids are gone, and all at once you are all alone while your husband trundles off to work.

By “Time Consciousness” I am referring to the fact that we don’t often consider the time in our lives. We get so busy, look at the clock, and are amazed at where the time went.

But if we are to record our child’s history in photographs, then we need to be acutely aware of time. We need to think about how quickly things change, and make a serious effort to take the time to photograph each important step of their lives.

To be successful we need to give photography more than a passing thought. We need to make sure our camera doesn’t just sit in the closet gathering dust; out of sight, out of mind. The first step is to make a conscious decision as to how important photographing our children is.

I have been blessed because of my passion for photography. I always have a camera or two nearby, ready to grab when the moment occurs. Oh yes, I have seen the look on my husband’s face, or the kids faces, when I run back in the house to grab the camera.

But now, years later, I look through the images and discover things I had long since forgotten. Like that birthday when the boys threw cake at each other, or that first day at school, or that ski trip we took. As I work around our home I see walls covered with framed photographs of our children from when they were born through when they got married.

And it helps ease the pain of that “empty nest” feeling.

So think about the question: “How Important Is Time Consciousness?”

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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