This is part three in a six part series about capturing the complete personalities and uniqueness of the individuals who adorn our scrapbook pages. This article focuses on capturing the reactions and the responses from each individual.
Please keep in mind that not only does this work on your children, but also on you, your significant other and friends and family members.
It is a rarity that you actually have the opportunity to capture a true reaction to a situation with your camera. It is about being there at the right time and right place and snapping picture after picture. I was able to obtain a great photograph of my daughter on her birthday as she received something she had no idea existed and was thrilled about. However, even with her completely surprised look, how do I know what is going on in her mind at that moment?
Ask of course. Journal an individuals reactions and responses to situations. They don’t have to accompany a photograph at all. What was your reaction to seeing something on the news? Or your significant other’s reaction when they got the job promotion or didn’t get the job promotion they really wanted.
Our reactions and responses to events and situations in our lives are almost as important as the actual events. The unique part of this is that it isn’t limited to these events and situations but can honestly stem from thoughts in our mind. Maybe you were thinking about how it felt to hold your baby for the first time, or what it felt like when 9-11 occurred. These are things we might not have photographs for, but want to include.
People’s thoughts and reactions are like a commentary throughout a scrapbook album and can be an entertaining look into their lives. Opinions are of course included in this category as well. Perhaps everyone enjoyed a certain vacation but one person did not. Journal about why that person didn’t enjoy it. Or better yet, have that person journal it and then include it on a scrapbook layout.
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