Monday, June 14, 2010

All the Time

If you have people in your life that you love, I really do believe you need to be taking pictures of them.  All the time. 

The actual number of photos per day, week, month, year for you will not be the same as it is for someone else.  But the point is, if someone were to ask you how often you take pictures, you should be able to say it's "all the time".

Whatever all the time is for you, don't wait.  Shoot.

In honor of all the mothers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters, friends who have lost printed photographs in the past to earth, wind or fire, shoot away.

This is a digital revolution.  Get those photos off your memory cards, and print some and also save them and back them up in several locations and ways.

But by all means, shoot all the time.  Because it basically costs you nothing to archive 1000 memories at a time.

Isn't that miraculous?

Don't wait for a perfect moment.  Don't wait for everyone's outfits to match, for their hair to be perfect.  Don't keep grouping the ones you love up in a line for a picture and require smiles. 

Just shoot.  Everything.  All the time.  All the ordinaryness that you so quickly forget.

There's nothing stopping you.  You'll never regret it.  Shoot often.  Archive your life.  Your real, gritty, normal wonderful life.  Hire professionals to document a moment of reality for you.  Get in there and let somone take your picture.  Often.

Once you have a digital camera, you have nothing to lose.  Shoot with reckless abandon.  Whether you think your photographs are good enough or not, shoot.  Whether conditions are perfect or not, shoot.  Don't wait for everyone to be smiling, or even for them to be looking at you.  Stop seeking perfection.  Start treasuring the real.  Hold up the truth and savor it.  That's what's real.  What lasts.

Because if you lose your home, or your spouse, your mom, or your child, suddenly these simple photographs become priceless.


anne said...

amen to that! I needed a little nudge. I've been SLACKIN' big time.

Kimberly said...

I couldn't agree more. Love the playdough. Did you get that giant box at Target for $20? WE heart that thing big time!

Lisa said...

so true. so, so true. I'm good at taking, bad at the printing & storage. working on it. thanks for the reminder :)