Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love to document my family’s life (if the 10 years of blogging wasn’t a tip-off), and one of the ways I do this is by shooting video … lots of it. I’ve uploaded 210 videos to Flickr, 231 to YouTube, and recently filled up our desktop’s hard drive with other video footage. Some may say I’m a bit over the top, but really, if there’s anything go over the top about, isn’t it your family? These videos are going to be cherished for years to come — not just by me, Mike, and Annie, but future generations as well.
In addition to holidays and birthdays (which I will always film … duh), there are a lot of other moments in Annie’s future that I will absolutely capture for posterity. These are three of my must-get video moments in Annie’s future:
First Day Of School
My mom took this uber-cute photo of my brother and me on our first day of school, but on Annie’s first day I plan to take things one step further and shoot and edit a video. Key moments I will capture include:
- Annie getting dressed in the morning (including her answering interview questions like “What are you looking forward to?”)
- Annie at school — walking into her classroom or waving goodbye
- Annie being interviewed about her first day once she is back home. Something tells me her responses will be a source of great amusement for many, many years afterward
Like a lot of kids, some of the most exciting moments of my childhood were when I was on the playing field or performance stage. One such moment came when, in 1994, my softball team won the National Championship Tournament. My parents took plenty of terrific photos of the championship game, but how cool would it be to be able to watch a high definition video of it today? I would love to see me batting, playing the field, and jumping around like an idiot with my teammates after we won.
I don’t care what Annie ends up doing when it comes to competing or performing when she’s older — she could play chess, for all I care — I’m going to get video of it so she can relive her glory days.
Wednesdays are bland, boring days in the middle of the week, and I’m going to make sure I film them. Mike has a lot of cool videos from his childhood, but one thing that bugs him is that they’re all from a holiday, vacation, or recital, and never an average day. His favorite video to watch is the “test video” his Dad shot the first day they got their jumbo sized Eighties camcorder because it captured his family at their most relaxed. I want to be able to give Annie this kind of every day footage, too.
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