When my husband wanted a GoPro years ago I laughed at him. I joked about all the extreme sports he wishes he could do and all the adventures I wish we were going on. But, being the good wife I am, I got him one despite my doubts. Now we have 3!
You may be familiar with all of the amazing GoPro footage circling YouTube and your Facebook wall. The skateboarders and skiers, base jumpers and underwater enthusiasts, all of these talented individuals and groups are able to share amazing views with us thanks to the compact, durable GoPro camera. But what about stay at home moms or fun loving dads? What about families? We take our cameras with us everywhere and capture some pretty rad everyday footage as we go.
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I absolutely cherish the moments caught by our handy little cameras and I smile when my 4-year-old yells from trying tricks on his bike, “Hey dad- GoPro this!!!” or “Who brought the selfie stick!?” while on a walk with the family. My kids are GoPro fans from the very beginning. Because of their love for watching their videos we are able to use them to create some awesome footage of our family adventures. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use our GoPro:
Strap it to the kids
Instead of us always holding the camera and filming the kids, we let them do the footwork! Wether it is hooked to their helmet, strapped to their chest, or clamped on the bike or stroller, some of my favorite candid family moments are captured this way. This video was shot using the brand new Hero 4 Session (this camera is rad), nothing better than catching your two-year-old yell, “I tooted.” as she hauls down a hill on her bike. Classic.
Strap GoPro to the dog
You get a pretty unique view of a game of fetch, a hike, or chasing down the kiddos when your dog has a camera strapped to their chest! Clipping it to our husky’s leash is one of our favorite ways to capture a new view.
Strap it to the car
We recently moved our family from Arizona to Alaska. Our GoPro cameras were rolling for a ton of the trip and we have this fantastic video to remember this amazing adventure. This footage was all shot using our Hero3 Black and Hero4 Black, I really wish we had our Hero4 Session on this trip, we got it just a week or two after we moved!
When it comes down to it, a GoPro is a great, affordable way to tell your families story. It is so easy to use and always captures great footage. You don’t have to be jumping off mountains or swimming with sharks to create content that will be absolutely stunning. So often we think the minute details of the average day are not worth documenting, but when they are gone, these are the moments I miss the most. In the short time since we made our Alaska video my mom has passed away. The few cameo moments she makes in this film are treasures to me! Gone are the days of bulky camcorders. Your families everyday adventures are easily captured on the handiest camera around.
And you know what? Your stories are worth being told.