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What it means to "unplug" at your event | Moms

The other day I read an article about “unplugging” your wedding by asking guests to put away cell phones and cameras and just enjoy the event.

While the article was meant to explain reasons it would be important from the perspective of a photographer attempting to portray the wedding well, I found a life lesson.

The officiant read this statement at the beginning of the service...

“Dan and Jennifer invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks — I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology…”

I like to take pictures of my family. I mark growth through our traditional family pictures of first days of school at the front door and Christmas mornings, as the kids come down the hall to the living room.

In this digital age we live in, it’s so easy to snap away, without fear of wasting film.

You can later delete what you don’t want, right?

It has become an obsession with some to take lots of pictures, not wanting to miss the perfect shot of something.

Admit it, you’ve all tried the multi-shot feature on your camera to catch your whole group jumping in the air on the beach.

But, as I read that officiant’s statement, I started thinking about all the times I have been present at a family event, but that is only known because of the abundance of pictures deposited in the picture file I created on my hard drive.

I’m not in the pictures, and a lot of my actual memories of the day are of trying to get those shots.

I really want my memories to be of the day, of time spent with family laughing and playing games, sharing hearts and loving each other.

I want to be “present at this special time.”

I’ve missed opportunities of this because I'm behind my camera lens.

I still think it’s important to capture a few shots for the day, but now I’m going to choose to put my camera down and enjoy my family more often.

Who needs a gazillion pictures of our trip to the coast anyway? The memories we make will be better than whatever picture I took.

I’ve missed opportunities of this because I\'m behind my camera lens.

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