Monday, August 31, 2009

A Thousand Words

Camera Boy

A picture is definitely worth that many words-and most of the time...more.

I have a love-hate relationship with the digital age.

The pros: I can delete an image and immediately replace it with another if Mook's eyes were closed, or the angle made me grow four chins.

The cons: they tend to sit on my hard drive/memory stick and when I DO think to print them out, it costs me an arm and a leg because I will have 200+ in my shopping cart. Let's not even talk about when a computer crashes...

AND I tend to have a guilty conscience whenever I don't have some sort of photo-taking mechanism within my grasp at any given many things to capture, so many moments to remember.

I have a lot of these great moments captured on "film"...but lately, I have found myself reaching for my camera less--partly because the moment is usually gone before I get my finger on the button! So I've been spending MORE time in those moments....hoping and praying my memory won't forget:

*Playing with the O-man on our bed where he giggled and he really focused on my face
*Watching the O-man pet and play with our lab and get a bath of licks and slobber
*Quietly observing Mook cuddle and talk with O-man about how much he loves him

While the picture may be blank.... heart is FULL.

These are my perfect moments. See what others are sharing!

From Perfect Moment Monday


  1. I love this sentiment.

    If you can believe it, we didn't take a camera on our honeymoon, on purpose.

    We wanted to LIVE it more than we wanted to capture it.

    And I have no regrets about that.

    Here's to full hearts.

  2. I love this. My dad is a photographer and has lamented the invention of digital for a long time. He says that even though we take more pictures, most of these will be lost. I miss taking my roll down to the store and picking it up, sitting down to look through my stack of prints, mailing some off to a friend, and sticking some up on my bulletin board.

    I love what you said about the moments we don't photograph. In some ways, I think those memories become dearer.

  3. Very true. I have learned that it is very important to enjoy the moment more than capturing the moment. You seem to have learned it earlier than I did. Good for you!

  4. This is the second post I've read today that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. What a great start to Monday. Thanks, JJ. This is a great post.


  5. I always torn. Do I grab the camera and hope I capture it on film before the moment passes? Or do I just enjoy and hope I will remember it? Sometimes I just enjoy the moment but when I go back and look at video or pictures from just a few months ago there I see that there are so many things, so many expressions of TK I have forgotten.

  6. Great post--a reminder to live life.

  7. This is something I've been thinking about a lot -- having this fancy digital camera, I put so much pressure on myself to always be taking a zillion photos. But I realized that, in all the downloading/cropping/retouching, etc, I'm missing all this precious REAL time with my little dude.

    It also helps to remember that back when I was a baby, my parents took a few rolls of film each year maybe. A tiny-tiny fraction of what I take now, and it was just fine. I treasure those photos. They were enough. But you can never get enoug actual, living memories.

  8. I love this, JJ, and couldn't agree more. As much as I love to have photos of certain events, celebrations, and of course people, I realized a while back that when I'm all busy taking pictures, I don't really get a chance to see or experience what's happening. The latter is much better, even if you don't remember it specifically - because it feeds your heart and builds that connection.

    Thanks for this reminder to live mindfully.

  9. Beautiful. Simply beautiful, JJ.

  10. You can miss a lot when you're behind the camera. I'm glad you got to experience those moments and share them with us.

  11. There is a lot of pressure to always take pictures. Being IN the moment is very important

  12. Beautiful. Got me thinking to leave my camera at home sometimes...

  13. I have realized I often spend so much time fiddling with my camera, I often miss the 'moment.'

    I love this post - you said it perfectly.

    And thanks for the moon flower seeds! I just got them in the mail and they are going in the ground tomorrow. I so appreciate you thinking of me.

  14. Absolutely. Amen sistah. Even with my love of photography I try my very best to see my life with both eyes wide open. Glad to know you do too.

  15. I loved this post, because it's exactly how I feel I have so much to capture, but it means leaving the moment to lunge for a camera or camcorder etc and that means leaving my kiddos to do it, in the midst of that moment.

    I totally heart and life and home is very full and my camera is the moment. :)

  16. Don't you worry, I'll take lots of pics while you are here even though I know we will always remember the trip. :)

  17. I'm such a shutterbug these days, but I do try to make sure I don't miss the moment by attempting to capture it...

  18. I love htis JJ.

    I am a huge photography fan, but I too have noticed that lately, I would rather just be living the moment, and that isn't so terrible.

  19. I totally understand this... It is a beautifully worded version of just how I feel when Jim does something beautiful, amazing, or just sweet.

    I want to capture it all, but I also want to savor it.

    Thank you for bringing the sentiment into focus...

  20. This is a great post! Your 'blank' photo is simply beautiful. :)

  21. I tell my sister to put down her camera and just enjoy. We don't need pictures of everything! We need to live a little.

  22. A lovely post. I've tried so hard to balance both - the pictures as this record and the memories for me.

  23. This was a great post for me to read while suffering the broken camera blues.


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