I love living in the digital age. I love taking pictures of Amara and documenting every moment of her life. This was something I couldn’t afford to do with her own Mother. Times were much different back in the early 70s and there were many photographs that were never taken and others that were never developed because we just couldn’t afford it at the time. Taking pictures was expensive back then.
Now, I never hesitate to take just one more picture. 95% of the pictures that I take will never be printed but they will also never be lost, nor will the memories they capture. Probably 75% of those pictures are of Amara and the people/animals in her life. These pictures are easily emailed to family and friends thousands of miles away. Those pictures have always been a critical part of Amaraland – both the live version and the web version! They are the basis of many gifts — calendars, coasters, mugs and t-shirts to name a few. Can you tell that Grandma and Grandpa worship this kid?
One of the habits I got into early in Amara’s life was making sure we had batteries charged and ready to go before Amara came over. It happened once that I didn’t and even now I am sure there was the one perfect picture to be taken that day and I missed it. Katie talks about going out to do a photo shoot only to get in the field and find her camera turned on — her battery could have been dead! It only happened to me once. She got lucky and her battery wasn’t dead that day. I bet she never forgets to check in advance again.
I love my cameras. I love capturing pictures of Amara and her Grandpa reading a book or making silly faces. I love looking up from my computer to a wall of pictures of Amara and all of her fans. I have a great life as a Grandma and I am so glad I can capture it all in pixels!
This post has been linked to Say it Saturday at Family Home and Life.