"We don't NEED to keep ruining our experiences in life just to remember them."
Don't get me wrong, I love and know the importance of taking photos and capturing the moment and the story; but there is a huge difference between capturing a story and losing the meaning when photography & video gets in the way.
It's all too often at weddings I see all the guests and the family of the bride and groom whipping out their cell phones to take photos of the lovely couple, the decor, and everything else going on. Typically as the bride is coming down the aisle there is always, always, like all the time... at least four to five people watching through their cell phones this incredible life event happen... and why? So they can get a blurry image to post on facebook to keep their memory in tact. But this isn't just a phenomenon to weddings, in our own personal lives, everyday, the first thing we do when something incredible or important or life changing is happening is turn to our phones. We want to document everything as if "if we don't document it, don't photograph it, don't capture a video of it, then it somehow didn't happen and it's meaningless." In reality, its the opposite, not experiencing life as it is happening and always turning to our devices, even to our professional cameras <like me> when your child is starting to walk, is losing that memory for YOU.
//Notice all the cell phones glued to everyone's face while gorgeous Joanna and her father come down the aisle//
It's happening, it's in the moment, I'm talking about your life, whether you capture it or not, it's going to happen and it's going to be over after it does.... but this new thing called Mindfulness is all about living in the present, which doesn't involve living behind your phone. It's unfair for us to subject our lives to the documentation of our life as a way of keeping the past or preserving our memories, whether we like it or not, our children are going to grow up... our wedding day is going to be one day and be over, and our vacation is over in a week (or sometimes two).
We don't NEED to keep ruining our experiences in life just to capture them.