My family just returned from a fantastic week in Bermuda. You’d think I’d have a ton of photos to share, but I’m here to tell you that, while I took about a hundred photos, most are just for us. Only a few are really worthy of sharing (which I’ve included in this post! Yay!). So why do I only have a few “blog worthy” photos? Through the years, I have learned that there are times when it’s best to put the camera down or leave it in the room.
Here are my 5 reasons why I sometimes step away from the camera (And you should too)
1: To Experience the Moment
I know! Shocking! Put the camera down and just enjoy. I was sitting on the soft, pink sand in Bermuda, playing and laughing with my kids. Ten yards away are two 20somethings posing in the water and LIVE STREAMING from the beach!!!! They weren’t really experiencing the amazing place we were. Sometimes we get caught up in getting a great image and capturing each moment, we forget to actually look around. By all means, get your shots (create your content if need be), and then put the camera down. Experience your vacation with all your senses. Look at this spot!! If I was caught up in the images, I could’ve missed this.
2: It Stresses the Rest of Your Family Out
We all want the great family shot with the great scenery, the nice clothes, the happy faces. Sometimes we can try too hard and it becomes stressful for everyone involved. We end up yelling at our kids, snapping at our spouse. If it’s not working, just stop. You won’t miss the “perfect” photo in your album.
3: Most of Us Are Not Travel Photographers
I’m not. Are you? No? Then your photos (and mine) will not look like National Geographic. Taking one or two good photos at each scenic spot is enough for an album.
4: It’s Just Too Much Trouble.
If I feel like I’m going to be worrying about my camera, whether it will be safe, if it could be damaged, it’s probably a good time to leave it. I LOVE beach photos, but sand, water and wind are not friends with cameras. While we were away, I took it with me to the beach on two occasions only. Plus, we’ve got 3 kids, one of whom is 15 months old. Nothing is easy right now. I don’t need to add another worry to my day.
And last but not least…
5: Is it Necessary?
During your day ahead, is there anything you really need to document. Will you care when you get home about the meal you ate, the shopping you did, or the snapshots by the pool? During this trip I was strategic about when I brought my camera. One night we were dressed and heading to a nice dinner. I knew it would be a good photo op (for one photo, not 15, wink wink). I did not take it out for the other 5 nights. We went to the pool a few days. I have no photos of that time because I knew that it wasn’t going to be interesting in photos. I choose rather to just enjoy the moment (See #1 again).
And now, here are a few more from the trip, plus a completely gratuitous selfie of me and my hubby and the baby.