Have you ever been at a social gathering and been asked that age-old question - if your house was on fire, what ONE thing would you grab? I've probably been asked that question at least a dozen times in various ice-breaker situations, but my answer has been the same since early middle school.
I would save photos.
There are several reasons that I consider photos to be some of my most prized possessions. To get a bit vulnerable, one of those reasons is that I only have a handful of pictures of my mother, who passed when I was young. I know there weren't iPhones back then to take a trillion selfies, but I wish there were more pictures of her.
So here's what I've decided - I don't ever want to leave my camera at home if I'm gone for any considerable amount of time. Of course, now we do have iPhones and I can take 1,000 or more pictures in a day if I really want to. However, if I go on a trip, even to a family gathering, I think it would be silly of me not to pull out the decent DSLR camera I own to snap a few quality photos from time to time.
Photographs are literally visual representations of memories. There are so many emotions and thoughts that overflow at the sight of them, especially if they capture moments with loved ones. Obviously I don't want to be hiding behind my camera the whole time my nieces are gathering Easter eggs instead of actually experiencing those cherished times, but a few quick snaps can prove to be invaluable mementos.
Along with the few photos I have of my mom, I'm thankful to have pictures of my great-grandparents and pictures of my dad when he was young. I also cherish the photos of the year we lived in Brazil when I was a kid, pictures of me and my siblings acting out the Nativity at Christmas, and pictures of my sweet nieces and nephews as tiny infants.
These are moments that I can't ever go back to, but I can "relive" with joyful nostalgia every time I flip through an old album.
Besides capturing cherished moments with family and friends (like my cutey sister above), I also think it's important to take photos of my travels. My husband and I had the incredible opportunity to drive to the Grand Canyon for our honeymoon, and I look at those pictures often. That trip was amazing, both for the quality time we got to spend as newly-weds and for the awe-inspiring views we got to take in. Pictures may not be able to fully capture the beauty of what we saw, but they are still stunning!
So whether I'm headed to a family holiday or on a roadtrip or even a short weekend getaway, I'll be packing my camera to take along (or at least remember to pull out my phone for a quick snap or two!) because the photos are invaluable.
Does anyone else tote their camera around, too? Any other reasons you value taking photos?
Recent graduate + Wife
+ Kindergarten teacher
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.