You are probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about. I have created this website as a way to help you improve your photography and I’m talking about putting away my camera. Have I lost my mind?
I don’t mean I’m putting it away completely. I mean I am going to be more intentional about being present in the moment and not living it through my view finder.
I am guilty of being the mom at the birthday party who experienced the whole thing through the view finder. I wanted to capture every single moment to have for my child to enjoy later. But wasn’t I enjoying the moment. Not really, I was worried about capturing it and not celebrating another wonderful year with my child.
What about big school events like concerts? Have you seen this commercial?
I know it is meant to be funny but honestly, it breaks my heart. We are missing out on watching our children and enjoying them. They don’t get to see the pride on our face as we watch them because our face is covered up by a camera.
In fact, one study says you are less likely to remember the details of the event if you spend your whole time snapping away.
So what am I going to do?
I’m still going to take my camera places and yes, I’m still going to capture their birthday, concerts and so much more. BUT I’m going to limit how much I’m going to photograph.
I’ve heard some photographers say they give themselves 15 minutes to capture the event or day and then put the camera away. Yes, put it away. Set it down and live in the moment. Laugh with your children as they play, sit proudly and tear up as you watch them sing at the concert, or sing Happy Birthday the loudest.
Maybe you want to capture the whole thing but not be stuck to your camera. I love this idea by Melissa Stottmann and did it this Christmas morning. I set my camera on a tripod and set it to go off every 30 seconds. I got to sit and enjoy my children while also getting the whole thing documented. I plan on doing this with birthdays and other events that I want to capture.
When at the Christmas concert I’m going to snap a few pictures to remember it and put the camera away. That is what I did this year. I took about 4 photos to remember the moment and put in our photo books and sat back and teared up as my little one sang so proudly on stage. She got to see the love and joy on my face because it wasn’t covered up by a camera.
Yes, I’m doing a Project 365 so I am taking pictures every.single.day for a year. But that doesn’t mean I’m living behind my camera. I snap a few photos and put the camera away. Sometimes it takes 2 minutes to capture the moment and sometimes 15 minutes, but the point is I’m trying to be more intentional.
I’m not perfect and I know I will still find myself experiencing life through my camera. But this is the year, I’m going to try my best to put my camera away.
I don’t want my kids to remember me as their mom behind the camera but instead their mom who was present and enjoyed their life with them.