Document Your Travels With Your Camera

DocumentTravelsI figure there’s two categories of people when it comes to visually documenting life’s memories…the ones who take a photo of everything and the ones who have a thick layer of dust on the camera sitting on the shelf. I fall into the former category. The food we ate at Brick Lane in London? Captured it. My son’s first airplane ride? Captured that, too. Standing in line at Leo Burdock’s in Dublin? Got it. The bike my husband test drove down the streets of London? Click. Why? Because it’s the little moments that you think you will remember, but I got news for you. You won’t. You think you’ll never forget, but as new memories invade your thinking cap, the only thread keeping the old ones there are visual reminders.

Make the fleeting moments last forever. Take a visual snapshot.

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There’s two reasons I value documenting your travels with your camera.

1. They tell a story that needs to be passed down. My husband and I traveled a lot before we had kids. Typically, twelve weeks out of the year we were traveling. We visited some awesome places like Thailand, Norway (in the dead of Winter, mind you), and India. My kids love to get the photo books out and look at where our adventures took us. Those simple photographs spark memories in my mind and stories for me to share, stories that I would have otherwise forgotten had there not been a photograph to document it. As they listen eagerly and laugh at the thought of their parents doing some crazy stuff, I love that they are hearing memories that make up stories for them to pass down (like crazy stories of flying halfway around the world without a ticket). It’s part of our family heritage.

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I still remember sleepovers at my Nana’s house when I was younger. She would tell us stories of her childhood on the farm and making “cootie dolls” out of sticks. When I stared at those black and white photos carefully tucked in photo corners in her album, it was like I could imagine it in real life. I’ve retold that cootie doll story many times to my daughter. I love that my grandmother’s memory still lives on through the stories I pass down.

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2. It creates lasting bonds when you reminisce together. Our favorite family vacation was the year we went to the Grand Canyon and then took the kids to Disneyland. I don’t remember a bad attitude the whole time we were gone. It was just plain fun. I took lots of photos and then made a photo book for each of them, similar to this one. Every once in a while, when they are feeling nostalgic, they get those photo books out. As they peruse the pages, they bring up memories. We laugh together and add our little bits and bobs to the story. It’s amazing how something as simple as documenting that fabulous trip through photography has continued to bring us together when we reminisce.

So let’s forget the how-to’s that can so easily entangle us in perfection, and steal Nike’s slogan. Just do it! Capture the memories that you never want to forget. It’s a part of your story!

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

3 Comments

  1. elina :

    You looks so funny! I wish you happy.

  2. Hatton :

    I am the same way – I take pictures of everything! I love to look back and see my photos. I just started using ThisLife.com which organizes and archives photos (it takes from all your social media sites and any you choose to upload) and it will send emails like “this is what you were doing four years ago.” I’m so glad I’ve documented our lives even though sometimes I can be annoying with the camera!!

    • Jen Price :

      Isn’t it great to look back, Hatton? I’m going to have to check out that website. It sounds like a great tool!