In one of the rare photos of me (on the right) from my childhood, my sisters Judy, left, and Diane, center, pretend that we’re the Beatles, circa 1966.

We all know that children grow up so quickly, and as much as we intend to capture their life in pictures, before you know it they’re grown up and all you have are vague memories, soon to be forgotten in life’s hectic race. Yet photographs are the historians of our lives, and by documenting our families we have a precious gift - now and for future generations.

I am the fifth of six children and there are few photographs of me as a child. Like most parents, mine got caught up in daily life, working and raising a family. What did a typical day look like for my family and me? What ‘decisive moments’ are lost forever because there was no one to capture them?

In my 30-year career as a photojournalist, I have captured many of those moments for people whose stories were told in major newspapers, whether it was a proud college graduate shedding a tear of joy or the challenges of grandparents who were raising their grandchildren. After 15 years traveling the world, covering a wide variety of assignments as a staff photographer at the Atlanta Constitution, I started my own business offering personalized documentation of children and their families.

The bottom line is, I love babies and children and I love taking pictures, so being able to photograph a newborn’s tiny fingers, or a baby’s precious smile, is a wonderful gift. And I consider it a privilege to capture a toddler’s lack of inhibitions or their unpredictable creativity, resulting in priceless moments that will help define their lives.

Whether it’s a baby’s first year, a golden anniversary portrait or a day-in-the-life of a four year old, photographs give us joy in the present and memories for a lifetime.

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