Taking pictures, editing, uploading, printing, and putting the photos into albums used to consume a lot of my time. I mean a lot.
I’ve since learned to simplify.
Preserving memories is okay to do in moderation, but if we’re spending so much time trying to make sure we remember the moment that we’re not fully enjoying the moment, then things are out of balance.
A large part of photo simplification is choosing to be okay with imperfection. No family is always wearing coordinating outfits, with perfect smiles, perfect hair, and posing in a perfect way in amazing lighting.
Is someone’s hair a little crazy? That’s alright! A child crossing her eyes? Great! Maybe some toys in the background? Who cares?! It’s life. It’s imperfect. That’s the beauty of it.
Another way to simplify photos is to take less of them. I understand that you want to have photos of family members and friends. I do too. But we don’t need to have flip books of our lives. If you’re doing a special activity with others, take two minutes to have someone snap a photo of your group together. A few photos sprinkled throughout the day are perfectly fine as well, but try not to record every single detail.
Photos should record, not interrupt, special moments. We shouldn’t constantly make our kids stop having fun so they can look at the camera and smile. Just take a photo of them playing with their toys or reading their books. Remember, one or two photos is fine, but stop at that – it’s about capturing a moment and it doesn’t have to look perfect.
We can also choose to accept the fact that we won’t remember everything. Memories of fun days with our friends and loved ones will eventually fade. That’s okay. Memories are wonderful, but living fully and simply enjoying the experience as it happens is also incredible.
If you take pictures of everything, like I used to, purposefully leave your camera at home for the next little occasion. Choose to savor the moment without worrying about preserving the memory.