Then remind yourself that your great-grandchildren will more than likely be strangers to you. Will they really want to keep all of your photographs?
Try a new perspective the next time you’re snapping away. Get down on the ground. Climb up on a chair. Stand behind your subject. For really powerful portraits, don’t be afraid to get real close.
My brother took this incredibly sweet photograph of my nephew Charlie last month. It tells a story about how tiny he is at this age that other photographs simply don’t capture. Now don’t get me wrong — I need LOTS of photos of his chubby yummy face, too. But I need photos like this one as well.
Read more of my advice about purging your photo collection of dreck:
- Photo Organizing Tips: What to Keep?
- 5 Tips for Preserving Your Family Photographs (Tip #1: You can’t keep everything.)
- Shhh…can you hear what your photos are saying?
- What to Keep? What to Toss?