The sun has been shining the last couple of days and we have been taking as much advantage of this amazing weather as we possibly can. Yesterday, I picked up my oldest from school with a surprise for her. When she asked what it was I said “where’s your favorite place?” knowing she would say “the beach”. While we don’t have nice sandy beaches here in Seattle, when the sun is shining and the temperatures get warmer, you can bet everyone heads down to our “beaches” to dip their toe in the water. To my surprise however, she responded “California!” I had to laugh because I knew she had gotten me.
I have been accused of spending too much time behind my lens and not living life in the moment and even though my camera is my way of capturing memories forever, I need to be more mindful to be more present. So I am changing my daily photo project to a different type of photo project. Instead of putting pressure on myself to post a photo daily, I will post when I feel inspired. This will give me time to enjoy more of the moments that matter without the pressure of a camera.
So my kids played, they splashed, they ate snacks and they giggled. But none of it was caught on camera. Only the camera in my mind.
Tonight however I couldn’t resist to take off my lens cap and snap a photo of my oldest as we were preparing to make our first smore of the season. Something about the light that was perfect. Something about the wind in her hair. And something about all the settings on my camera being completely wrong-but me not caring and snapping the photo anyway instead of checking my settings first, then posing her to relive a moment that had passed. Nope. I just took the photo. And I love it. Because those are the moments that are gone in a flash.