[my life, my blessings, my journey]

the lake {part one}

We spent last week on the lake in northern Wisconsin with my parents and brother. We had a ball. We swam, fished, went for boat rides, drank cold beer and just really enjoyed being together.

I took some photos but not nearly as many as one might think. It seems funny to say but I felt like I didn't want to ruin it by horning in there with my camera all the time. I didn't want anything standing between me and the precious moments that were happening. I wanted to be fully present in those moments, rather than seeing the moments happen with the buffer of my camera in between us.

Sometimes having a camera to my face allows me to disconnect from real life and become lost in trying to capture what I see in my mind and what I see through the lens, trying to merge the two. And yet there are times when I want to get a shot and know that I should really pick up my camera but I can't bear to miss what's really happening. While photos allow us to remember and re-live special moments, they cannot take the place of really being there when they happen; being fully present in those moments with the people we love most.







Allison Smith said...

Love, Love, Love the pic of John and your girls! Such a great picture!

Purposely at Home said...

great pictures. i totally understand what you're saying...sometimes my camera is the last thing i want hanging around my neck when i'm with friends or having fun with family.

Andrea said...

So very true. Well said, friend. Sometimes it really is best to just be part of the moment. That sunset photo is gorgeous!

Stacey said...

These are just lovely, Amanda. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

It is a fine line with the camera, isn't it? I've been on a non-camera string lately and while I've really felt "free" and in the moment there are constantly times when I'm framing photos in my head and wishing I had it along.

Looking forward to seeing more photos from your trip and hopefully catching up next week!

Dawson Cattle Company said...

i agree whole heartedly! i did the same thing when we went to michigan last weekend..Have a great weekend and the photos are great as always.