The likes of photo-sharing social media platforms such as Instagram and amazing technology allow us to take stunning images with ease. In a world connected and absorbed by technology as a means of communication, I often wonder if we have become transfixed by having the ability to do everything in an instant. We can communicate, play, work and share from anywhere in the world using mobile devices and other similar tech, which is amazing, but have we forgotten how to be present? Are we too busy taking photos and sharing online to see what is right in front of us?
Photography is one of my biggest passions, I love taking photos and creating a snapshot that will last forever. The walls of our home are covered in photos of the children and every single image was captured by me. I don’t and never will regret taking photos as much as I do. Capturing memories is vital, not just for ourselves, but for future generations. However, recently I have become acutely aware of the importance of living in the moment, and sadly viewing life through a camera lens makes being present incredibly difficult.
I know I may sound hypocritical as I am a blogger whose entire career is based around sharing my life online and sharing photos. However, I made a conscious effort to put down the tech during the recent school holidays. Instead of being behind the camera, I witnessed my children making memories with my eyes instead of my screen. I found myself feeling the urge to take photos, but if I took a photo, I knew I’d have to stop pushing Theo on the swings. I chose to push the swing as high as it would go and watch him smile, laugh and squeal with delight instead of reaching for my phone.
Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved to take a photo of his joyful little face, but I chose to just embrace the moment and it was so very worth it. Mia is 8 now, before I know it she’ll be slamming doors and stomping around, so I’m determined to find the perfect balance between embracing their childhood and creating lasting memories.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, sometimes, we just don’t need to take photos. We’ve allowed ourselves to become completely mesmerized by the ability to snap, create and share. We are often so immersed in modern technology and the online world that we forget to enjoy some of the moments that matter.
Of course, whether or not you take photos often or not is entirely your choice. Nothing will ever stop me taking photos of the children, but from now on, once in a while, I’m going to allow the memories I make with my children to make my heart sing rather than an image. When they grow up, I don’t want them to look back and remember a Mum who always said ‘say cheese!’. I want them to remember a Mum who had fun with them, spent time with them AND captured life’s small but wonderful moments.