With the influence of smartphones and social media apps like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, we are definitely taking more photos than previous generations.
It’s never been easier to take a quick snap and save it to a camera or smartphone. However, when it comes to the ones that survive the regular ‘delete’ ritual, how many are you really in? And no, you can’t count the selfies.
As inspirational speaker Kaylin Maree Schimpf points out, far too many mothers are stuck behind the camera instead of in front of it. The motivational woman from Texas recently posted an emotional plea on Facebook calling on men to take more photographs of their wives. She says that for the sake of their children, mothers should have their picture taken as often as possible, regardless of their protests.
“It doesn’t matter what she looks like, or if she tells you no, take the photo,” Schimpf wrote on Facebook.
“But how many photos does she capture of you, of your family and your life you’ve built. But when she is gone, those photos won’t show your children the woman who was behind the camera.”
While Schimpf’s post is directed at fathers and husbands, this sentiment can be applied to someone in every family. Most families have someone who is most likely to capture all the special moments from behind the lens. They are the ones that will happily bow out of family photos, or the one that has taken photos of every birthday and every Christmas morning.
To those families, Schimpf is suggesting a simple shift in behaviour. While seeing a photo of themselves at the park might be nice later in life, children would much prefer to have snaps of their parents to look back on once they are gone.
Schimpf herself came to this realisation after her father’s death last year. She realized that because he was always the one behind the camera, she only had a handful of photos of him.
“Take the photo,” Schimpf urges. “Messy hair, no make-up or a dirty old t-shirt won’t matter to your children when she is gone someday. What will matter is that you loved what you saw enough to take a photo, to document it, to preserve that moment in time of the woman you love.”
I think we can all agree that this is a smart message that we should all take to heart! If you feel the same way, SHARE the article around to spread the word.