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To my digital camera: thanks for helping me take way too many awesome pictures of my kids

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 8:28pm

My kids love looking at our family photo albums from time to time. And I marvel at what a difference digital cameras have made in terms of capturing the memories of childhood.

I have tons of photos of my three kids... from the days they were born to their first steps to their first days of school. Special pictures from vacations and birthdays and simply silly everyday shots. My kids' lives are extremely well-documented, and I hope they appreciate that when they are older.

I, on the other hand, have just one photo album of various photos from different ages of my childhood, along with one photo album from my entire four years in high school. Back then cameras had film, which had to be developed before you even knew how the picture looked, so you paid for it whether it was in focus or not. And it wasn't cheap either.

Sometimes I'm amazed at how great digital photography is, making picture-taking and memory-capturing so easy. And sometimes I'm amazed at how terrible digital photography is, enabling a person to take so many pictures it can be overwhelming. So many that they may just sit on a camera card or in the computer forever, never seeing the light of day.

It is what it is. But I have noticed myself lately holding back on some of the picture-taking, considering in my mind whether that shot is really worth buying and looking at for years to come. Just because a thing is easy dosn't mean it should be done. There can be too much of a good thing... even when it comes to pictures of our precious ones.

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