Over the past few days, we’ve covered some tips for better pics this Christmas. If you missed them, you can check out the following:
- 4 Essentials to a better pic in front of the Christmas tree.
- The best place at home to get great “Christmas outfit” pics.
- 3 simple tips for shooting pics of your kids in the snow.
- The classic posing tip most mess up (and how to fix it).
All that said, one tip remains. And I think it’s the most important…
Be fully present.
We can get so caught up in documenting life that we forget to actually live it.
My personal theory: we’ll remember more of what we actually live, rather than what we see only through the viewfinder of our camera.
BUT, we need triggers to remember.
And that’s where photography is absolutely and undeniably priceless. Pictures are the ultimate memory trigger. Without them, we don’t trigger the memories near enough. And then we forget.
So my advice: Get the shot, then get into the moment.
That’s one of the GREATEST benefits of actually learning photography. You don’t spend 10 minutes every shot fumbling around with your camera, trying to figure out how to make it beautiful, crisp, clean, and…well…just a good pic.
What if it took you 14 seconds to get the exact shot you wanted? What if it was just second nature and you could capture the shot, then put the camera down and enjoy the moment.
10 or 20 minutes later, you capture another couple beautiful shots, but it only takes a few seconds.
That’s the biggest benefit of actually learning the keys of photography. You not only create priceless pics…keepsakes…but you also don’t spend all of your mental bandwidth thinking about pictures. You get to be present.
In fact, I’ve found that photography absolutely spurs me to be MORE present. When I look through the lens:
- I notice light.
- I notice expression.
- I notice story.
- I notice the beautiful shapes and details of faces.
- I notice color.
I take it all in through the lens…in an a single instant: Click!
And THEN I take it all in through my own two eyes. No lens but the two I was born with.
Final words: Be intentional.
Not just about photography. More so about the next couple days.
Take some time to reflect, to meditate, to pray, to read. Above all, be intentional about how you’ll spend your time with your family. About the words you’ll use. About the vibe you’ll send.
Be present. Enjoy what really matters.
Capture great moments. But don’t forget to live them too.
If you’re ready to start capturing keepsakes, not just snapshots, then make sure and check out the Photo Fix. Registration opens Christmas Day and will close Jan 4th. After that, we won’t open registration again until May 2016.