When I was flicking through my travel photo albums on my laptop (yes I keep my photos digitally, don’t judge me) it reminded me that I hardly have any good photos from my honeymoon – this was the first and last time I forgot my camera charger! And if I’m honest, I initially felt a little sad about it, but then I shrugged my shoulders and I reminded myself that A) it’s not the only time we’ll be going back to Japan – very true seen as we went back 4 years later, and B) photos are not the only form of memories, we have those memories in our minds, but instead of photos they were experiences that we’ll never forget, and we used those memories as experiences for the same trip we did years later.
So while I was thinking of this I wanted to write a post about how capturing a memory and experiences, in their own way, help us to create the perfect way of making and keeping memories. It also happened that Panasonic got in touch with me and wondered if I would collaborate with them and share with you – my lovely readers, that they’ve launched their new 4K camera that’s specifically designed for wildlife and sports photography. Having owned a Panasonic Lumix camera I can 100% recommend them, and from the specs the Lumix G9 looks and sounds right up my street! And would be great for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. If you want to get more information about Panasonic’s new 4K wildlife and sports camera, you can check it out here.
How to create the perfect memories…
One of the ways we — a snap happy, social media sharing bunch, love to make memories, and one of the ways that’s been almost ingrained into us is to capture them by taking a photograph. Ok maybe I should say ‘selfie’ because let’s be honest here, everyone and their nan and dog are taking selfies these days.
Sometimes it feels like we have to take photos in order to prove we’ve done something or been somewhere. However it’s a great way to savour a memory, for example: I have a photo of me at Nara’s deer park feeding a deer while another one was munching on my bag behind me, sadly I’m not sharing this photo because the quality is so bad (thanks to me forgetting my camera charger and having to use my old iPod Touch — wow that was a long time ago now haha), but I’m glad I have it because it reminds me of how fun that day was and how cheeky the deer were.
Seeing a photo can bring back so many memories. Of course they don’t just have to be from your travels, they can also be family photos. Every photo tells a story and reminds us of a memory.
As I said previously, to me experiences are much more important than capturing a single moment in the form of a photograph. Experiences help to shape who we are, influence us, teach us and change our minds about all sorts of things.
You can take a photo and capture a moment, but those jokes, things that happened and everything else that makes the experience what it is can’t be captured this way. This is why having an experience of something and creating a memory is as important, if not more so, as capturing a moment of it with a photograph.
All-in-all, I think it’s important to both capture and experience things to create and keep memories. Photos remind us of those experiences we had and are great for prosperity.
Are you a digital photo album person or do you have a physical photo album/scrap book? I’m thinking of starting to make some photo albums but I’m at a loss as to ‘how’. Can any of you point me in the right direction of blog posts / bloggers / videos that have helped you to make a scrapbook photo album?
Thanks in advance!
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This is a collaborated post with Panasonic, but as always all opinions are my own.