Put the camera down!

While I thought about what I wanted to write about today, and how I wanted to share my weekend, I hopped around in the blog world and landed on one of my faves- Becky. And I'm telling you, her post and her link-up today couldn't have been any more perfect for what is on my heart!

She wrote about her blog and how she always wants to write for HERSELF. It's super easy to forget that, but I think I do a fairly good job at it. Tagging onto her thoughts…. for me, it's also about not taking pictures JUST for the blog.

For instance- this past weekend?! One of the best! No concrete plans were made, no overly-scheduled calendar, just a lot of time for Jared and I to spend together. Friday was spent eating a delicious meal Jared whipped up when I got home from a late night at the office. It was spent lounging in sweatpants and catching up on Netflix. Saturday we ran errands, grabbed lunch where we pleased, threw a random crockpot meal together for dinner that turned out fabulous and had our friends over for a low-key game night. Sunday our church service was incredible -complete with a baby kangaroo appearance- and the rest of the day we lounged some more, took Sunday afternoon naps, Skyped with our parents…. it was PERFECT.

Now all those things I just shared?! Made up a perfect weekend for us. We haven't had that much quality down-time together in awhile, and it was nice. You know what else was nice about it? That I didn't take any pictures. My camera stayed in it's little home in the office. Sure, I could have taken pictures of our crockpot creation- but did I need to?? I could have snapped a few shots during our intense game of Monopoly- but was it necessary?? I have a blog and so it's tempting to constantly have a camera attached to your side, but think about what you're really capturing. Are the things you're taking pictures of honestly something you want to keep forever? Frame? Scrapbook? I think you'd say 'no' to a lot of them.

My mom posted this picture on Facebook about a month ago and I cracked up. I am definitely guilty!!! It was a nice reminder to just capture the things that matter in life.



So write for you, take photos for you. Know when it's important to be present and when you'll want those photos to last a lifetime.

And ps- trust me, this blog will still be filled with pictures galore of my life and all that comes with it… but I'm learning that it's okay to post every once in awhile with no pictures :)



26 comments

  1. love this post friend!!!

    wait til you have a kiddo you will never be without that camera lol I am sure people get sick of seeing my daughters pictures on their Instagram or Twitter feeds but you know what, I dont care because its for ME not them! :-)

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  2. This is so true! I am guilty of this!
    BTW- Looove crock pot meals..
    especially when you throw random stuff in it and it tastes FAB!

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  3. agree! sometimes I need a reminder of this, so thank you for that!

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  4. Great reminder, I think we're all a little guilty of that, at least I am!

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  5. I see what you mean by being present. Sometimes I'm so busy thinking about the next step, I miss out on the moment. Thanks for the reminder:-)

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  6. I love the message of "be present" and I am super guilty of always thinking ahead, too far ahead really, when we do things. I am also horribly guilty of having a camera strapped to my hands for the sole purpose of posting the picture to the blog versus sharing it with friends and family. Great post and reminder!

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  7. Haha...that comic your mom found is so true! It's never a bad idea to put the camera down and just soak in the moments! Glad you had a great weekend!

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  8. That little comic is so funny and totally me, especially now that I'm on Instagram. Glad you guys had a nice, relaxing weekend!

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  9. This is so funny - I was thinking about this over the weekend. People always say "take a picture, that lasts forever" (or something like that), but the MEMORY lasts forever! I need to remember to not be bogged down in taking pictures that I miss what is actually going around.

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  10. It was nice this weekend, I did the same... no pictures of my super relaxing weekend, it was nice. :) Saturday was so fun!!

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  11. I try to take pictures all the time but I forget usually!

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  12. True! That was kinda why I stopped blogging for awhile! I felt like EVERYTHING I did was to get content to write about, but I'm back and determined just to write about what I want, more for me..and if people wanna read along-sweet! Love the pic your mom sent, hilarious!

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  13. Great advice Erin! Wish I had that advice before my trip this past weekend! Chris was like..."are you seriously taking another picture of your food?!" haha.

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  14. Great post! Totally agree, i've been lost a bit lately and trying to get back to why I started it as well :)

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  15. your pictures are always great though, so much expression in them and they ALWAYS tell a story! :)

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  16. John and I differ on this topic. I hate always worrying about the camera. He never goes anywhere without it. I've tried to tell him that there are moments that I just want to enjoy and witness through my eyes and not the camera lens. It's tough in this day in age to just be in the moment.

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  17. ah....this post is just what I needed. I was just thinking this weekend "will I be a good blogger if I am not flooding my blog with pictues?" I know I drive my husband crazy always snapping pics!

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  18. Sounds like a fabulous weekend - and a baby kangaroo?! Whaaaa?! :)

    I am the same way - always whipping my phone out to take pictures of stuff that doesn't even matter. I'll go through my camera roll months later, see a picture and think why in the world did I take a pic of that?!

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  19. What a wonderful post, Erin! My husband travels for work, so when I finally get to see him on the weekends, the last thing I think about is grabbing the camera to document every second "for the blog." I may grab one or two pictures for my scrapbook (and if it's a good makeup night..!), but the "blog" is not the main priority. And sometimes I definitely feel like a "bad blogger," for not taking a million and one pictures from a million and one angles. But you are SPOT ON by saying to live in the moment. That's what matters. Um, ps, baby kangaroos?! That may need to be a post this week, just sayin!

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  20. I am so guilty of the pictures of lunch :/ but I love the would you frame it question.

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  21. The little post about film and digital-it is so true! I have an undying love for film though and digital can never change that

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  22. LOL! I love that picture. It's so true. You wouldn't waste film on what you're eating for lunch everyday, so why do we do it with a memory card!?! lol
    I am super guilty of this also.
    The scrapbooker/photographer in me is sometimes disappointed.
    "You don't need, nor will you keep/scrapbook what you had for lunch today."
    Oh well, lol. I think it's a "sign of the times".
    *sigh*
    haha

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  23. LOL I love this post! I to take so many pictures that when I say hey Kelcee she says cheese lol and the hubs says must you take a picture of a UPS box lol! Yes, I agree that we don't always need to have the camera! That is so funny the cartoon I love it and yes I am guilty of it as well! I am going to try so hard not to take pictures as much for the blog but more for us! Thanks for that love it!

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  24. I completely agree with you. I've never really been a big picture taker so it's actually been hard for me to remember to take pictures. I have found myself grabbing a camera though when I should just be living in the moment. So I'm trying to find a happy balance. I completely forgot to take fun pictures yesterday of the PEOPLE involved in my fun birthday but I did get photos of the great gifts after i got home. I wish that I had gotten the photos of the people though because that's what really made my day so great.

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  25. I love this post! Although I'm nto quite a lunch photographer, I am forever guilty of spending more time looking at events through my camera's viewfinder than I am actually enjoying them. Which I should really make an effort not to do!

    Also: that cartoon is brilliant!

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