Tips for capturing memories that matter.

My littlest baby is one. Can you guys believe that? It feels like just yesterday we delivered him without anyone's help. Time flies. In honor of my sweet Minion's big day, I'm sharing my biggest tips for capturing memories of your family!

Capturing Memories that Matter to your Family

Capturing memories that matter.

Light it up. It can be really hard to get well-lit photos when you're dealing with varying indoor environments and kids who move non-stop. Get a Lightscoop to bounce your flash off the ceiling, and your photos will instantly be a million times better.

Capturing memories that matter.

Have a camera you don't care about. It shouldn't be your main one, obviously, but there should definitely be a grab-and-go, toss-in-your-camera, point-and-shoot cheap backup camera that you can bust out for really messy situations. The fancy camera can be reserved for portraits and tripods, but you also need one that you aren't afraid to USE.

 Light it up. It can be really hard to get well-lit photos when you're dealing with varying indoor environments and kids who move non-stop. Get a Lightscoop to bounce your flash off the ceiling, and your photos will instantly be a million times better.

Make capturing memories part of your routine. It never fails: the kid starts doing something cute so you whip out your photo equipment and suddenly he goes mum. That blinking red light is fascinating. He gets all entranced and goes into full-on deer-in-headlights mode. We've solved that problem by setting up a Logi Circle, which detects movement and auto-records high-def video to a database where I can easily see highlights and download moments that matter. No more interrupting special memories. I know that they're being preserved for me. Best of all, it's totally portable so I can set this thing on any table, bed, desk or shelf throughout my entire house.

Have a post-photo session ritual. Download them. File them. Print them. I've shared that we have an HP Envy 5660 at home that we use for our monthly print-fests when I transfer our most important digital memories to paper. But for birthdays, I have an even more important tradition: we donate a photo. The boys select their favorite picture and donate it with the Donate A Photo App gallery. Johnson & Johnson then gives $1 to Save the Children to provide support to 300,000 U.S children needing help with cognitive, social, and emotional development. We have Instagram and Facebook and all manner of frames on the wall, but this is one of the few ways of capturing memories that makes a tangible impact on the world. You can learn more and donate a photo of your own via iOS or Google Play.

4 simple tips for capturing memories with family (like this adorable first birthday cake-smash!)

How do you go about capturing memories for your kids?