WITH printed photos now a thing of the past, there are new ways emerging for parents to make audio and visual records of their children’s birthdays, achievements, and other milestones.
Some parents take snaps on their camera phone and email them to family. Others upload them to Facebook for family and friends to see, while others take photos or video clips and montage them into time- lapse videos to be uploaded to Youtube.
Time- lapse videos show us quickly what normally happens slowly over a long period of time; for example, your baby’s first years.
While you may not want to commit to a daily snapshot or video, weekly is more achievable and the result is a poignant portrait of change.
Proud Dutch father of two Frans
Hofmeester gained global attention this month via CNN, Jay Leno and social media sites for his two videos Birth to
12 years in 2 min. 45 seconds and Birth to 9 years in 2 min.
The films are video portraits of his children growing up before your eyes; Lotte and her brother Vince, both filmed briefly every Saturday morning and montaged together for Youtube.
Now fielding interviews with TV and radio stations, Hofmeester and family have found some instant fame with their videos shared on social networking sites.
‘‘ Other people might make a photo book, but I decided to film,’’ he said. ‘‘ This is the most photographed and filmed generation ever, but what are we actually doing with these pictures? They just sit in a file. I wanted to try and convey the essence of my children.’’