I am my families visual historian. I take photos and give them away to my family all the time. Thanks to social media there is a really good chance these may be seen and enjoyed many times more than when I shot film and and they went into a family photo album.
While I am not working on an assigned story, I am still capturing our families story in moments. The cool thing with social media is our ability to match words with those pictures.
I still make those formal photos of our families, but it is the living life photos that capture the personalities of each person in my opinion so much more.
This role often means you are just observing, but I believe long into the future when I am no longer here my family will be cherishing these and learning about their ancestors.
My mother’s dad was always documenting his family as well as my dad.
I grew up every Christmas with my dad having these lights pointed at us as we walked into the room. I am not sure I really saw anything for a few moments it was so bright.
This is one of the rare moments where my wife Dorie has been with two of her sisters. While getting to see them was awesome capturing the moment for us to remember makes this so we can then tell the generations to come who their family is and how they are all related.
Here are a few tips to make you an even better visual family historian.
Take lots of photos of your family
Share your photos with your family. USB Jump Drives are good.
Use metadata to put the text with each photo. Be sure you have the occasion as well as the names of the people in the photo.
Put your photos online in some storage system like Google Drive, DropBox or many other online services you can find.
Create photo books. I use Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/stanleyleary
One of the best things you can be remembered for is how you captured your family for everyone to enjoy now and for eternity.