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Time flies. You didn't believe it when your mum told you so, but you'll soon find that phrase slipping from your own lips just after your baby's first smile, tooth or steps. Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester realised this and took the opportunity to capture it with his daughter.
His short film A Portrait of Lotte takes less than three minutes to show how quickly his daughter changed from a tiny baby into a beautiful young adult. Within days of Frans posting his film online, it had been seen by two million people.
But it's not just professional filmmakers who are documenting their families' lives. Photo-sharing website 365project.org has more than 80,000 members documenting a year in their lives with a picture a day.
Far-flung families are using sites such as Flickr and Vimeo to keep loved ones in touch with their new baby's progress.
Let's not forget daily photo updates by phone for busy working parents who don't want to miss out on their little one's first milestones.
"When nothing is going right or the kids are clingy, whiny or grumpy, taking a picture makes you look for something good - the one smile in a day of tears," says Sasha, mum to Sam and Evie and member of the popular photo-sharing 365 Project. "The trick to keeping a daily photo diary is don't think too hard about it."
"Camera phones make it easier but keep a compact camera charged in your handbag for photos you want to keep," advises Maria, mum of three under sevens.
"I use photos instead of a diary to remember the fun we had together and use them to make photobooks for grandparents or turn them into calendars for Christmas presents," she says. "I've even made a photo album for each of my pregnancies to give to my kids when they're 18. When I Was in Mummy's Tummy covers all nine months... I think if you document all the fun, your pregnancy is a more enjoyable experience."
If you don't want to record every minute of your parenting journey, mark the milestones - your baby's first smile, birthday, holiday... "Every Christmas our family and two others meet at a friend's" says Gillian McCandless, mum of four. "Our oldest kids are at the same stage, and every year since they were tiny we take a picture of them on the stairs. I always print my photos - in my view they're meant to be put in an album. They're the story of my family's life."
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