I'll never forget the time I was at Disneyland and I saw hundreds...if not thousands of people videoing the firework show. IT BOGGLED MY MIND!!!! WHAT? Aren't we supposed to live in the moment people? Doesn't that ruin the moment? First off, you probably won't ever watch that video, because watching fireworks on a video isn't half as exciting and exhilarating as watching them in person. Secondly, you can watch this EXACT same firework show on YouTube when you get home....I promise...it's there. Thirdly, YOU ARE MISSING THE FIREWORKS! Hello!!! They are right in front of you and you are worried about if they are being recorded or not!!! Oh, and your stupid selfie stick is in my view and now I can't see the fireworks. (They've now banned selfie sticks from Disneyland which I appreciate).
If you've ever been around my family, you know that pictures mean A LOT to my mom. I'm sure we are not the only family who has someone who is "in charge" of getting pictures taken. There is always someone who doesn't want to miss any of the small moments. As life passes, we all kind of realize how fast time goes and how quickly we forget the little details that our life is made of. At the times when we'd like to reflect, we are so grateful for those people who decided to take pictures of every moment and who wanted to capture the small things in life. The flip side is that pictures can cause interruption to the flow of life, they can be posed and fake, they also can cause contention between the ones who want to take the pictures and the ones who don't think it's necessary. Oh, there's also the problem of "who get's to take the picture this time?".
1- Pictures can capture memories: The details in life like a baby's smile or a toddler's messy face are things that we just forget if we don't capture them. It is so wonderful to randomly take candid photos in every day life and on special occasions to remember the happy times so we can reflect on how good life really is and try harder to live in the moment.
2- Pictures can create memories: I have had so much fun taking pictures with my little kiddos...doing silly selfies and making funny faces. The act of taking a picture can give you something fun to do. The ritual of going to get professional photos taken is a huge part of our culture. When ever someone says "We have family photos today"....it's usually associated with an "I'm sorry" or "good luck with that"....because it seems like it's always a time to struggle to get everyone ready on time, keep everyone fed and happy, and try to get just ONE good picture where everyone is looking and smiling. But think of the memories that are being made, spending time together, taking pictures....it is a memory-creator.
3- Pictures can semi-ruin memories: In my family, there are a few people who are so sick of pictures that they refuse to be in any anymore....these are my grown siblings. Here is the problem, we are all having a good time, chatting, laughing, life is good. It's all of a sudden time that someone needs to go home. That person says they need to leave, packs up their child(ren), and they are walking out the door, when my mom says "We need a picture!" ......then we all GROAN in frustration. What timing! We can't talk her out of it because unbeknownst to us she has been wanting a picture all evening but hasn't told anyone. This brings up something that should be considered when taking a picture. TIMING. It is huge. A photo can add to the experience of an event if it is planned out well and everyone knows when it will be happening so it can go quickly and smoothly at a time that everyone is ready. When it is something that nobody wants to do because they are caught off guard, it can put a strain on relationships and ruin memories.
Moral of the story: Taking a picture can be a wonderful thing. It is so great that WE get to capture every moment and look back on times in our life that we can't remember perfectly. Taking pictures can be a destroyer of memories if used in the wrong way and taken to an extreme level. Let us be aware of how we are using our cameras and think about the moment and if it's good timing before we decide if we should capture it or if the moment...life...is just more important.