My fiancé and I had our engagement pictures taken this weekend. It was really fun (and freezing cold). We had a close friend take our pictures and we were thrilled with how they turned out! All in all, it was a really great experience. It was my first time being a part of a photo shoot like that, with someone clicking a camera in your face while you were expected to look natural and pretend they weren’t even there.
It made me think a lot about how often we hide behind the lens of a camera. How often we hide behind all sorts of things. What have I been missing while I have been taking pictures of my own? I used to give my roommate and best friend, Brian, such hard time for what I considered to be “excessive Instragramming”. I am now guilty of excessive ‘gramming myself. I love it! Spotting things in nature, pictures of my friends (or cat), family, or just the many pictures of my coffee mugs are a fun way to document my daily adventures.
Earlier this month I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Sean O’Connell is a photographer waiting for the snow leopard to come out so that he can get a picture of it. Walter Mitty is sitting beside him. When the beautiful snow leopard finally comes out, Sean chooses not to take the picture…
Walter Mitty: When are you going to take it?
Sean O’Connell: Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.
Walter Mitty: Stay in it?
Sean O’Connell: Yeah. Right there. Right here.
I find this to be so powerful. This week, I am going to work to try to stay in more moments. That might mean still opening up my Instagram app, but not without consideration of staying in the moment for a while first.