3 thoughts on “Put Your Camera Away! 6 Things to Consider Before You Take Any More Pictures

  • August 24, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Jenise !! Wondering where you have been,.. Hope you & Max are doing well..
    I feel different about the use of pictures in my life.. I have thousands of pictures my dad left me of our family.. I agree about your idea to recall the past with the sounds, smells, feelings associated at the moment the picture was snapped. BUT, with all the angst and Busyness of 21st century living, I think it becomes really hard to recall a particular moment.. I find that pictures can recall moments of LOVE, LONGING, HAPPINESS, SADNESS–ALL the feelings that should be remembered in our lives.. At 68, I am growing ever older and more disconnected to events in my life.. So, some nights I will grab a handful of photos just to recall what came before.. It gives me great peace and happiness to “remember” and SEE those moments so long ago.. The feelings of my humanity comes flooding over me.. I feel the LOVE of my family, the breathless wonder of places I have been to and seen.. Hope I see you in the park again some time.. I would like a picture of you & Max.. so that if we are ever parted by time & space, I can talk about my friends…..

  • August 29, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Hi Jenise,

    Great, thought-provoking article, with plenty of great advice. As my husband once said to me, “Do you really need to take a picture of everything?” Your advise about moderation in photography is excellent, but I agree with Jim that photos capture memories and they certainly help me recall images and emotions that would be long-gone if I didn’t have a memory prompt. Photos provide important memory prompts. I’m not a fan of video because it takes so much time to look at videos. I can look at a photo in a second and move on.

    Your advise about putting down the camera to enjoy the experience is so important, which is where moderation in photography and videography comes in. As you advise, certainly do not spend the precious experience during the birth of a child behind the camera. Set up a tripod, or be satisfied with a few quick snaps of Mom holding the baby after the birth. Write a journal entry about the experience afterwards to hold the memory. Your child’s birthday party doesn’t need every moment captured, so enjoy the event and ask for photos from other parents.

    I love looking at photos of our family as we grew up. I also love looking at photos that capture the moments in the lives of my ancestors, including my parents. What a joy to understand a bit more about my parents through the few photos that we have of them as children, college students, sweethearts, newly weds, and young parents.

    You offer some great advice for moderation, editing photos before we even take them, and finding alternatives to taking photos and videos. It’s an art to carve out the time to capture a moment on a camera, but focus primarily on the event, scenery, senses, and emotions to fully experience life.

  • August 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I have to agree in some small part because of the experience I had at my granddaughters wedding. My (now ex) husband and I totally raised our granddaughter from age three. Long story, not relevant, but she viewed me as mom basically. When we were going over music with the organist I was tearing up and knew I wouldn’t be able to keep it together when I saw her walk down the aisle on grandpa’s arm. At the last minute she found that her photographer wasn’t doing videos. So I watched her walk down the aisle through a lens and dry eyes. Later I taped her first dance with her husband and the daddy/daughter dance…all with a dry eye. I think I was so focused on capturing that moment for her that I didn’t get to experience it as fully as I might have otherwise. Still I am glad I did as she loves watching those videos over and over. And really we have so many great moments together that while it is a big milestone it is only one of many.


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