We all have a routine or two. Most of us have a morning routine that gets us out of the house and to work on time. We also have evening routines. Maybe you eat dinner, workout, and then read before getting ready for bed. You may even have a different weekend routine than you do for the workday.
Routines are important. But have you ever documented them?
Your little kids won’t be little forever. You may not honestly remember the struggle to get them ready and the joy when they finally got their coat on. You will probably forget the look of determination as they tie their shoes. These are the little moments I attempt to capture in documentary images.
I chose this photo as a favorite because it tells a mini-story. The family is getting ready for the day, and Dad was in charge of bath time and teeth brushing. Instead of brushing his teeth, the son wants to be doing anything else. He would much rather be playing with me and showing off all the toys in his room. He’d rather be playing on his tablet. Anything that isn’t brushing his teeth.
Of all the images from this morning with the family, why did I choose this as a favorite?
My absolute favorite thing about this photo is the mirror reflection. In the mirror, you can see the child’s intense focus on brushing his teeth. You get a different angle of dad’s face. It’s almost like two photos in one.
I also like that both dad and son’s hands show motion. They aren’t just standing there. I love the running water as dad goes to fill the cup up. The bathroom decor also reflects the child’s interest at this moment. He is obsessed with paw patrol, and you can see the hand towel and toothbrush holder reflect his love.
Lastly, you can see and feel the emotions and connections in the photo.
Dad is tired. He’s been bathing the kids and trying to get them to brush their teeth. He’s ready for this morning routine to be over so they can go about their day. But he’s still patient and calm because he loves his kids and it shows in his actions. The son is still full of energy but determined to be done with the tedious task of brushing his teeth. He wants to get back to playtime.
Time with your children is fleeting. Right now, you are helping them brush their teeth and establish their morning routine, but in a few years, they will be shutting the bathroom door to keep you out. They won’t want (or need) it.