A camera where my memory should be…

by | Jan 15, 2012 | Little Link Ups, Little Loves, Little Memories, MOTHERHOOD, PERSONAL AND FAMILY | 45 comments

I love my DLSR like a child. I treasure it and in return, it brings me untold joy. But what did we do before phones could take photos?

Both of my children have gone through stages of being camera-averse and thusly, react strongly to the sight of the big Nikon coming at them. A mobile (cell) phone though? Can be quite the sneaky little snapper and I often go into papp mode without my kids objecting. Brilliant.

The other thing about taking photos on the phone is that you can be anywhere, doing anything and grab photographic evidence with ease. A big advantage over the cumbersome, fiddly SLR.

This spontaneous photography allows for some surprises when you look back through the (bazillion) shots you've taken. I am often reminded of moments of which I had forgotten. Moments I am so delighted to discover have been captured.

I recall how small my sons were, how long Luca's hair was, how completely bald Ziggy was. And how they've been beautiful and hilarious all their lives.

And then, there are the moments of which I have no memory. And these moments blow me away.

Every day is so full of moments, I can't hope to recall them all. Neither can I record them all via photo or video.

The best I can do is really live them in that moment so that even though none of us might remember the exact details, each of us will have the sum total of our days together etched somewhere in our hearts. Fuzzy memory, crystal clear feelings. We lived and loved. Oh, yes, we did.

And then, the unexpected joy of shots like the below.

Captured and Reminded


Taken in January 2011, Ziggy was recently one and Luca was three and a half.

Almost exactly a year ago.

I can't believe the way they have grown.

I can't believe Luca has underpants on his head.

I can't believe the bliss on Zig's face.

I can't believe I managed to catch this fabulous moment.

I'd forgotten that they have always been friends.

Linking up with the superb Galit and Alison

Hello friends


I’m Angie!  I mum. I write. I wife. My husband would say this is the correct order.  He’s so neeeedy. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia, where I complain about the weather for 90% of the year – but I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Except maybe in Lake Como, waving to my neighbours George and Amal each morning.

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  1. Fran

    Wow Angie what a gorgeous shot! Love the look of contentment on Zig’s face – so cute!

  2. Dani

    awww gorgeous photo….i love the idea of camera phones for when I forget my SLR (which isnt very often)and thankfully my daughter loves the camera, and will pose for hours.
    I love my Nikon SLR and dont know how I lived without it, nothing like a good camera to capture a lifetime of memories, and I do love it like a 2nd child lol

  3. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    You know, Dani, I am so impressed with my camera and I don’t know half the things it can do. I’m going to take a workshop with Angie Baxter some time this year to get me using the camera in manual mode!

    I love that your little girl is a poser. Wonder if mine will be?

  4. Greta @gfunkified

    Oh, I love it. The underpants, the smile.
    The pure, brotherly love.

  5. MJ

    That photo is in instant classic (love Zig’s face). Undies-on-head? We have more than a few of those moments captured here as well.

    You know how much I love my Nikon too… but I am falling more and more in love with my new iPhone’s camera. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a camera phone (well, one that I can actually upload photos from). My beloved Nikon has been rather neglected in recent weeks – eve more so since I discovered the social aspect of Instagram, because I am slow like that. I’d been using it just for prettying up the pics, and only realised the other day that there’s a whole Instagram world out there. So. Much. Fun. My poor Nikon…

  6. Alison@Mama Wants This

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this picture. The look on Ziggy’s face, the red underpants, that gorgeous act of sibling love.

    Sigh. Love.

    Thank you for linking up with us!

  7. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Isn’t it such a delicous shot? It really is. Random wonderfulness caught forever more. Awesome.

    Sibling love is crazy amazing to behold. You going there, Mama?

  8. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Yes, I have heard great things about the iPhone and Instagram.


    You’ll go back to the Nikon, honey. You’re an aesthete, you won’t be able to help yourself.

  9. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    It’s not all sunshine and rainbows as I’m sure you well know, Greta, but there are some absolutely golden moments.

    This is particularly awesome…

  10. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Scrap that last question, Alison. My super-sleuthing has revealed that you are currently with child, thus, well on your way to experiencing sibling love firsthand!

  11. Coffee Lovin' Mom

    That shot is perfect and the fact that it caught you by surprise makes it even more magical

  12. Karin @Mommy's Paradise

    Beautiful. This photo says so much about the big brother and the little brother. Such a moment has to come naturally and you were so lucky to snap it.

  13. JDaniel4s Mom

    This is really special. I love how much he loves him. What a tender picture!

  14. Galit Breen

    Oh my sweet friend, you gave me chills here – chills!

    It’s so true, isn’t it? These little gems are gifts?

    And always friends? Is a wonder to capture!


  15. Maureen | Tatter Scoops

    Awww that one is perfectly captured for sure. My son had those moments where he’d hide when I pulled my old Canon out or he would just make up silly faces lol.

  16. Jessica

    What a sweet moment, underpants and all. Gorgeous shot.

  17. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments

    I have A LOT of photos on my camera just waiting to be printed or stored in a photobook or SOMETHING. As I was going through them this weekend I came across a photo of my three kids cuddling on the couch. Totally a priceless moment and one I had COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN! So funny how we snap these things and then forget (and allow the camera to do the remembering).

  18. Shell

    Oh, that is SO precious!

    I use my phone to take pics a lot more than I use my camera, for sure.

  19. The Preppy Girl in Pink

    I got goosebumps reading this. I love those random captured memories that are only brought back to life with a camera. Loved this post!

  20. Tammi

    This is such a sweet moment captured! I love the underpants your sons head! My daughter use to wear her pull ups on her head like a hat and when I saw this I could not help but smile and reminisce.

  21. Susan

    Beautiful post.
    And I feel the same way…sometimes, I have no memory of a time.event.moment until I see a photograph or video. Thank God for them.

  22. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    They’re a godsend. And the quality of the shots can be amazing.

    Of course, a mother can never have too many cameras……

  23. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Thank you!

    Yep, going through photos on the computer transports me right back – sometimes to moments I don’t recall. The wonders of modern living, huh?

  24. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Thank God, indeed. Such profound joy that can be experienced each time you view it through the simple act of snapping a picture.

  25. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Kids are nutty, Tammi. Let’s face it!

    The underpants totally make the shot for me. The sweet moment is priceless of course but throwing in red undies as headwear? It says so much about my kids….

  26. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    I think possibly that’s the true beauty of photography. We remember the shot we set out to get but the thousand others we take ‘while we’re at it’ can be an unexpected treasure trove.

    I can’t wait to get a shot of my three cuddling….bring on April!

  27. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Luca went through a stage of actually screaming at me and attacking the camera. Is it bad that I have multiple shots of the hysteria unfolding? As in, I just kept clicking because I knew the photos would be hilarious?

    Such a mean mumma…..

  28. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Such gems, my friend. Such gems.

    And you know you’ve lived an okay life and are deserving of good things…but this? This is like a dream.

    I hope their friendship will endure.

  29. By Word of Mouth Musings

    What a fabulous shot, such love and joy and yes, that bliss 😉
    I too, need to read my manual .. instead of winging every shot and hoping for the best!

  30. By Word of Mouth Musings

    Such love and yes, bliss.
    I need to stop winging it with my camera and open the manual!

  31. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    They have their moments of knock down, screaming fights but yes, they adore one another. Catching the moment like this? Is thrilling.

  32. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Ha! A thing worth saying is worth saying twice, right? 😉

    Gotta work out what our cameras can do. Yes! Goal for 2012?

    Thank you for your comment(s). xx

  33. Gayletrini

    And you got this on your phone! Awesome!

  34. Tiffany

    This is a precious moment and I can’t get over the look on Zig’s face. I can feel the brotherly love in this pic.

  35. Susan

    I love my DSLR, but am also loving the apps on my ipod for taking photos. So quick, easy and lots of fun. I am also a convert to the digital picture frame, so you get to see all the great picas without having to compile, print and file somewhere!!

  36. Katie E

    I love this! It is so much easier to capture spontaneous moments with the phone camera (if yours actually works – my phone is sucking at the moment and I’m a little bitter). And I love looking at old pictures and wondering what was happening at that moment when I can’t remember. So much of the time it doesn’t matter exactly what was going on, but that the moment was captured.

  37. Tayarra

    This picture is absolute perfection. From a mom of all boys I know just how much this one means. Beautiful! Great words to remember. You can’t possibly remember all the little things, but all of those little things make up such a beautiful life. Thanks for sharing your memory!

  38. Jill @ Mommy Inconsistent

    Visiting from the Memories Captured Linkup…I LOVE this picture! It is priceless for sure! I can’t even count the number of pics I have of my kids underwear on their heads…and pull ups…towels…shirts inside out. Who needs toys when you’ve got your underwear? haha!


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