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Do We Spend Too Much Time Behind the Camera?

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Oh look, she's dancing ballet again.

Hey, he's trying to do a somersault.

Ooooh, pig tails!

New clothes, new toys, new drawings . . .

It goes on and on. These are all things that make me grab my smartphone and start clicking away.

But am I missing out by doing this? I think the answer is yes.

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We, as a society, have gotten so caught up in capturing every moment of our children's lives that I think we're actually missing moments. Yes, we want to document the big things — holidays, birthdays, those big firsts — but I take photos of my children constantly.

If I go into my picture folder on my computer, I have thousands of photos of my children. Thousands! I fill up my iPhone faster than you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It's beyond ridiculous.

I need to take a step back.

It's not that I want to stop photographing my children. I just want to be more purposeful.

I love watching them. But I don't always see them. By grabbing for my phone, I'm getting a filtered view of their life instead of their true reality.

I don't want that. When they look back on their childhood photos, I want them to know I was a participant and not just a spectator.

With the holidays approaching, we're all going to be grabbing for our cameras even more than usual. There will be school performances, family portraits, pictures with Santa. Those are important! But I’m making a vow this holiday season, and I hope y'all will join me (well, those of you who are camera-happy like me).

I'm going to put away my camera and experience my children more. We're going to play and dance and sing, and I'm going to resist the urge to get out my camera every time something adorable happens. Yes, we'll take the obligatory Christmas morning photo, but one or two with my DSLR, not 30 or 40 with my iPhone. It's about quality, not quantity. It's about being selective.

It's time for me to put my camera down.

Will you join me?

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