I have a love / hate relationship with social media.
Before you remark on the irony, hear me out. This past weekend in North Carolina, I went for a hike - or as I like to call it “nature walking.” Right before we left the car, there was a debate as to whether we bring our phones.
More and more, it’s important to me to create genuine, authentic memories for myself- not for the camera. Sometimes it’s nice to disconnect and enjoy the moment without any distractions.
At the end of the day, the phone came along so I could get some pictures of the view, etc. We sat down on the rocks and enjoyed the scene for a few moments. The mountains went on for miles, the air was fresh, and the sound of birds chirping gave me a sense of peace.
The secret about this lovely candid shot is...it’s 💯% posed. Whenever there were photo opportunities, I forgot about the whole reason we were there. It became about getting the right angle, how I looked, and if the shot looked like it was candid.
My point is, I had to remind myself not to lose out on my own memories because I was busy trying to capture evidence of experiences to show someone else.