June 23, 2014

Enjoying life moments "uncaptured" for social media



Now that stable warm weather has arrived, I've been spending many hours outside with family and friends. While some of these moments have been caught digitally, most of them have not.

kids in the park

It wasn't something planned. It sorta just happened cause everyone was too busy having a good time. One afternoon was spent in the park doing relay races and laughing up a storm. No one had time pose much less find our cameras or smartphones to take pictures.

Would I have liked a photo of the kids racing? Yes it would have been nice to look back on. But somehow the memory is more precious because I don't that photo. I can't tell you how many photos I've captured over the years. Literally thousands. Perhaps tens of thousands.

But how many do I really go back to and view? How many do I printout and hang on my wall. Honestly not many.

But the memories of moments are always with me. I don't need to find the usb cord to download them. Or the sim card to see them. Or even my smart phone to capture them. Not to mention the experience of moment isn't something you can capture by a photo.....

To get the memories, I need to keep my eyes focused and in the moment to capture it. I hope to do lots more of that this summer.

Don't worry, I'll still take lots of photos and share on social media....but I'll be sure to enjoy uncaptured moments also.

51 comments:

Shelly said...

I am all about the undocumented moments spent with family and friends. I have learned how to put down the phone and let the moments just happen. I also realize that I do need to get at least a few dozen photos into a photo book. Kids of today may never know what a photo album is :)

Masshole Mommy said...

I take lots of photos, too, but you are absolutely right! It's important to just enjoy those special moments.

GayNYCDad said...

I am right there with you. I can still see and hear my son on the beach telling my mom to watch him run into the water. I see it, I hear it, and I especially feel it in my heart. We are so blessed with our boys Onica!

Liz Mays said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Sometimes I just tell myself to stop with the photos and soak in the moment because that's what really matters.

Kay Adeola said...

I love taking pictures and i do it as much as i can.I think it is good to be able to go back and look at everything you have done in years to come.

Amber said...

I love taking pictures but I also love enjoying that time as well. I had caught myself wanting to "document" everything and found myself wishing I had enjoyed the moment more than taking pictures of it! I had changed that up, yes I still take pictures but I make sure I enjoy the moment first!

BrettBMartin said...

i think there's something to be said about impromptu moments that aren't documented. we do so much documenting i think sometimes we forget to be in the moment you knw?

Elizabeth said...

I agree! It's such a good reminder to be in every moment instead of always waiting for the perfect one from behind your camera. But some are nice to capture and look back on too :)

Lindsey Paris said...

I've been spending more time with the family unplugged too. My friends online have been noticing!

jaime said...

All. of. this. We've been spending a lot of time together, and I've been more likely to use my dslr camera rather than my phone. It doesn't create the pretty Instagram shot, but it allows me to take really great photos and put down the phone. (I do print a lot out. I scrapbook occasionally.) :)

Tiffany C. said...

I love unposed photos of my kids, to me, they are the best ones. Great shot. Sounds like a fun day at the park.

Debra Rutt said...

I love the spur of the moment, the unposed shots of my kids the best. It gives me a real feel of what the kids were doing and feeling at that moment!

Melinda said...

all captured moments are great. You'll remember that day even without the "perfect" photo

Young At Heart Mommy said...

I feel the same exact way. Sometimes I find myself more concerned about getting a photo or taking the perfect shot that I forget to actually live in the moment. I will be doing more of this during the Summer!

Chrystal Mahan said...

Sometimes you just have to unplug and enjoy the view.

Courtney said...

The undocumented memories are sometimes the best ones. The funniest, the sadest... all great memories! It's better to just enjoy than to be fiddling with a camera.

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

That is the case with me. I rarely take photos, because I am too busy enjoying myself and my family

Susanna Barbee said...

The memories are sometimes better than photos. I take way too many photos but do not get them printed enough. Sometimes a moment just can't be pictures in a photo; he has to be captured by the heart.

Sippy Cup Mom said...

I completely agree. I have put my camera down several times because I wanted to enjoy the memory more.

TerriAnn van Gosliga said...

I know what you mean. I feel like the only time I really enjoy myself with my family these days is if I stay totally unconnected. We had a family game night - loved it but no photos to share.

debdenny said...

I agree with you also. So nice to relive the memories in your mind as well.

Savory Experiments said...

Candid photos are indeed the best. I'm so guilty of never printing out photos, I need to get on that.

April Mims said...

I don't take a lot of photos because I tend to be in the moment and not think about it. I usually think about it after we're done. Oh well, we enjoyed the experience!

Christie C said...

It's true we spend so much time trying to get the perfect shot. Great that you just enjoyed the moment

Sister's Saving Cents said...

My husband and I just had a conversation on this topic while on vacation in May. He said your not taking a lot of pics like you normally do. Then I told him that's because I want the memory more.

Carly from The Puzzled Palate said...

Sometimes I panic that I don't have my phone to snap a shot or two and then I just breathe and remember to enjoy! We need to learn to unplug sometimes too!

Beth@FrugalFroggie said...

It's always good to remember the mental photos. I try to go through my pictures at least once a year to make a calendar. That way I can still enjoy them.

Kiwi said...

You know social media has dominated everyone's lives to the point you can barely do anything without your camera phone and snapping a shot. I told myself that when I am out more, especially with my friends/family/personal aquaintence that I will not document my life on social media as much because you can lose the moment trying to "snap a memory", The best memories are going to the ones replaying in your mind not the one with the best camera angle and filter.

Carly said...

I love this! Sometimes, it's best to put the camera down and just be present!

Teresa McCluskey said...

I do photos like this all the time! Why? Because I think it is great to get moments in life that are most forgotten, to be remembered!

Jenni E. said...

I completely agree with you. We do need to put the phones down and just be in the moment with our children, and family. However, I will say that I just ran across an old cellphone of mine and found TONS of photos and videos of my little boy from just 2-3 years ago. OMGeee. Such precious stuff on there that I had forgotten! I'm so happy that I found them!

Janeane Davis said...

I like social media and make a living using it. However, it is only on rare occasions that I share personal items on socila media.

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

Sometimes the best photos are the ones that are unplanned. And sometimes the best moments happen without a camera around.

Felicia Carter said...

This is something I struggle with. I am always trying to capture the moment on film and need to step back and remember to live in the moment.

Krystal Butherus said...

It can be hard to live in the present with all of the technology options we have. Kudos to you to capture the moment but then to also LIVE it.

Pam said...

That is really great advice. Having photos are important, I wish I had more of me when I was younger, but you don't need to have hundreds of one event.

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick said...

Yes! Thinking back most of the best moments ever were not captures on film or video!

MommyB said...

I definitely understand you wanting to unplug. For me I have great memories but my photos definitely help me to remember and tell stories that may be more fuzzy in my mind. We have lots of uncaptured moments, but lots of captured ones too.

mail4rosey said...

I have to physically remind myself that not everything needs to be documented with a camera. And you're right, it's nice when you just enjoy the moment.

Cassie Tucker said...

I often wonder which is better to be out of the situation and taking a photo to better remember the event. Or to be in the situation and have no photo to remember the event later.

Becka M said...

I am a photo mama. I am also bad about slideshowing the pictures and reviewing them over and over. :)

Maddi'sMommy said...

I completely know where you're coming from. I've been trying to put the camera down more and just BE.

Tonia Sanders said...

Sometimes the best moments are spent disconnected. I don't have photos, but I keep the memories close to my heart.

Angie Barrett said...

This year has been my living in the moment year. I've been taking less photos and living my life more! <3

Alissa @ Fun Finds for Families said...

Such an important reminder. Here's to putting down the camera (sometimes) and just enjoying the moment I'm in, while I'm living it!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

The best moments in our family haven't been documented. I love that!

Christina Shirley said...

That's pretty much how our summer goes. You don't get to really experience it if you're behind a camera the whole time! Enjoy!

ACM'smommy said...

Love it! Sometimes we spend so much time trying to capture the perfect shot over and over, we miss the special moment!
~Amanda

April Decheine said...

I am so thrilled I have my DSLR to really capture moments that my family does not notice. I love getting faces that are not knowingly smiling.

Jennifer B. said...

Love the candid shots. Great post!

Amanda @ Growing Up Madison said...

I've found that I enjoy the moment a lot more when I'm not focused on picture taking. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow.

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