You and your little one are hanging out at home, and she does something particularly adorable. You run away briefly and return with your fancy camera, trying everything in your power to get her to be adorable again so you can capture the moment and savor it over and over again. The problem is, your tiny tot is no longer in the mood to perform, and now everyone's frustrated.
Or perhaps you've forgotten the aforementioned camera on a once-in-a-lifetime trip and now you'll never forgive yourself for not being able to zoom in just so to create the clearest, most detailed picture of your children the world has ever seen.
Jerad Hill, our speaker at today's meeting, encouraged us to forget about perfection (because there are apps for that!), and stop lugging our giant camera bags around because "The best camera is the one that's with you."
With the advent of social networking, our culture is bent on preserving every detail of our lives in photographs. But how much are we really able to experience - in living color - if we're focused on viewing our lives through the camera lens? And what are we teaching our children?
I loved hearing Jerad's thoughts because he has the experience of a professional photographer, but also the perspective of a loving father who wants to participate in his young boys' lives. He challenged us to find a balance between capturing memories and taking part in them.
Save the editing for when the kids are in bed. The world can wait to see your son's newest trophy till morning, but your son wants to see the pride on your face - not the camera that's covering it up. Your daughter wants to see that her dances delight you, even when the camera is safely stowed in your purse.
And let me encourage you to also remember to include yourself in some of these photos. As moms, we tend to do most of the photography, and our children's scrapbooks are filled with photos of everyone but us.
By using your smart phone and a few easy-to-use apps, it's possible to effectively capture snippets of your family's adventures, and then tuck it away so that you can really engage in what's going on. Jerad introduced us to Camera Genius, which is a photo-taking app, and several photo editors including SnapSeed, Diptic PDQ, Photo Editor by Aviary, Afterlight, and Visco Cam. And he suggested using Animoto.com as an easy way to turn your photos into a slideshow.
If you're interested in learning more from Jerad, make sure you follow him on Facebook (facebook.com/jeradhillphotographer) and Twitter (@jeradhill) and visit his website (jeradhillphoto.com). Also, if you do like to use a "giant" camera, learn how to get more out of it by taking his online course called Ditch Auto (ditchauto.com) for FREE and stay tuned for a smart phone version as well.