I am rather attached to my phone. It really is marvellous; I can talk to people online and off, I can keep up with my favourite blogs, I can play games but most of all I love it because it’s the camera always in my pocket.
Don’t get me wrong; I adore my DSLR but the immediacy of taking, editing and uploading pictures with the iPhone is hard to beat. How many times have you cursed leaving your camera at home? It happens to me a lot but in truth what I capture with my phone may not have made me remove the lens cap on my camera. These moments are intimate and casual; the moments you wish you could pause forever.
Images taken with an iPhone3 and filtered in Instagram (except the green cardigans which was an iPhone4S + Instagram).
Back in the early days of being a Mama, the photos I took on my phone didn’t go much further than my husband or a couple of friends. But in the last five years Twitter and Instagram have enabled me to share my pictures widely. In minutes I can connect with people who, for that second, care what’s happening. It’s not just sharing pictures. I’m sharing so many tiny pieces of our lives and the joy of those moments. One at a time they might not be much but stacked up together my phone pictures represent the very best of times.
Last year when Betsy, my third and (allegedly) final child, wore her first proper outfit I posted a photo of her and added the hashtag #BetsysWardrobe on a whim. For each different item of clothing she wore I grabbed a picture under the Betsy’s Wardrobe banner and slowly built up a record of my last baby wearing the beautiful clothes I had so carefully chosen. This little collection of pictures tells a story, not only of what Betsy wore but who she is and how she grew along the way.
For all the people asking me if they need a ‘proper’ camera to join us on Collect the Moments, I say: the one on your phone will do just fine.
Find Kat and Kat on Instagram as katgold78 and thatkat.
Image taken with and iPhone4S and cropped on the computer.