11 Can’t-Miss Milestones to Capture Through Your Lens the First Year

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Ever since I can remember, I have loved capturing life through my lens. In high school, I remember how excited I would get waiting for the day my developed photos would finally come in the mail, weeks after I mailed away my film. Even if 75% of the roll was overexposed or out of focus, I still loved each and every photo. When I got my first digital camera, everything changed. I could view my photos instantly. I could print whenever and wherever I wanted.

In 2009, my husband and I welcomed our first son into the world. About a year into his life, I decided it was time to learn how to use my fancy DSLR camera in some mode other than auto. I was tired of out-of-focus images and missed milestones, so I signed up for my first photography class and have not looked back since.

From first steps to first giggles, I am addicted to documenting my children's lives through my lens. Here is a quick look at some of my favorite captured milestones.

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First time meeting my third son. Speechless.

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Our very first nursing session.

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First bathtime fun.

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First time in the bumbo chair. Neither one was a huge fan!

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First time grasping. Proud-mama moment.

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First time rolling.

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First time sitting tripod.

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First time standing!

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First time sitting in the high chair.

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First time climbing stairs.

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The very first wobbly steps.

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11 Can’t-Miss Milestones to Capture Through Your Lens the First Year

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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