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Photographing Your Kids’ First Experiences at the Dentist

Have you ever thought, “I should get my camera and take a picture of this moment?” But you don’t…

…and you regret it the minute the moment passes? You try to hold that spot – that bright, shining memory – in your mind. But years, weeks, even days later, you forget.

If only you had a photograph to awaken that memory. You could recall the place, the smells, your feelings, all exactly as they were in that moment, simply because you picked up your camera and took a photo. Regardless of what anyone was wearing, if the yard was landscaped, if the house was a mess, or if the lighting was perfect. You grabbed that camera and took a picture.

These moments will never present themselves in exactly the same way again. They’re real, and sometimes they’re raw. They can’t be recreated. Imagine capturing them on camera so that you can relive them over and over again: a spontaneous family dance party after dinner, your child’s first visit to the dentist, your baby’s sweet face as he nurses for the first time.

This is why I shoot my everyday life, and why I shoot documentary sessions. It’s also why I took my camera with me to my daughter’s dentist appointment.

I want and need to remember that she carried a monster with her, because she thought he would protect her; she wore her favorite sunglasses into the building because they made her feel secure; the tiger toothbrush was the main topic of discussion in our house for weeks; and my hand was there for her to hold through it all.

Photograph your life. Have your life photographed. You’ll be thankful you did.

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Story and photography contributed by Stephanie Minior.

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