12/12/2014 11:22 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

I Photograph to Remember

I like to take photos of things that may be a bit out of the ordinary: My kids eating, a random trip to Goodwill, the horrid bed head my middle child wakes up with every morning.

These things are a little out of the realm of what I find in the boxes of photos from my childhood. I like to think I'm capturing the secret good stuff. So, while I like getting crazy with Photoshop, I also like to slow down and take photos of things I really want to remember.

This urge stems from something my grandma said to me last year, "Someday, all you'll have left is memories." That really struck me, because my memory sucks!

I loose my phone once a day. Okay, more like five. Car keys? Ummmm yeah, same story. And don't even ask me what I did last week, because I hardly remember yesterday! So, how am I supposed to remember the good stuff?


And yes, bed head IS the good stuff. So I take pictures. I take lots and lots of pictures.


For when I'm old and reminiscing about back when... So that I can remember back when.

I want to remember the cry face, the goofy stuff, the makeup fiasco's, the messy rooms, the endless homework, the baby curls...


I want it all.

So, I photograph to remember.

Do you?

Alishia, of Just Leesha, is a stay-at-home mom to three girls. You can read more of her parenting blogs, photo tutorials, tips and everyday lifestyle photography at