Monday, January 23, 2012

Twin Advice: Preserving Memories

Photo sites (Snapfish, Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery, etc) are a great way to organize and share pictures. 
They also allow you to easily make calendars, photobooks, holiday cards, greetings cards, etc. featuring your adorable twins. 

Write down important milestones. 
When the babies were born, my older girls started asking when they had walked, talked, etc. and I was horrified to realize that I had absolutely no idea.  The sleep deprivation will make that first year a total blur, so find some way - baby book, journal, blog - to record milestones and cute stories.

Get a camera  with high speed burst mode.
It is nearly impossible to get 2 little people looking at the camera at the same time, let alone with their eyes open and smiling.  High speed burst allows you to shoot continuously (in my case 8 shots a second) without having to re-press the shutter so you don't miss that millisecond where everyone is actually cooperating.  This is the only way we got a half decent holiday card photo this year.  I literally took 322 photos in 10 minutes. Even then, I didn't get one with everyone smiling, but at least they were all looking at the camera with their eyes open. Here is the camera I have, although there are other makes/models with similar features (Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 8x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Silver)).

Be sure to take plenty of pictures of the twins individually as well as together. 
Pictures of twins together are often doubly cute, and it is easy to fall into a pattern of taking mainly shots with both kids. However, as your children get older, they will increasingly appreciate being able to see individual pictures of themselves at all stages.

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