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Why We Should Minimize Taking Vacation Photos

Why We Should Minimize Taking Vacation Photos
Ah, vacation.  A time to get away and a time to see new places and experience new things.  It's something we all look forward to with every ounce of our being.  It's a break from boring life.  It's also a time for cameras to come out of the wood works.  This sounds like the perfect idea but it's not and here's why.

Vacations are all about creating memories together with people that you love and care about in new and exciting situations.  Photos are about capturing things in the moment so that you can relive those memories together at a later date.


With the invention of camera phones with high resolution cameras, it's become so common place to see someone pull out a phone and snap a selfie or take pictures of a beautiful scene.  In fact, the amount of cell phone photography in places such as national parks has become staggering.  People have become so worried about sharing photos on Facebook and Instagram that they forget the reason they went on vacation to begin with: to relax and to bond.

I admit that I chase after every possible high quality photo that I can get when visiting places with so many possibilities.  I spent last summer doing that at Bryce Canyon and Zion's National Parks.  My camera was always at the ready with plenty of memory card space available.  It's addicting.  It's also defeating part of the reason I'm out there to begin with.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape and nature photograph of Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah at Sunset Point
It's chasing the shot that gave me this beautiful photo in the first place.
I've had to start teaching myself to pause with the professional photography and simply take in my surroundings more.  This started when I was out on a shoot trying to take a photo for a piece of music I was hoping to be the cover for.  I didn't end up getting the cover but I also had to be reminded to stop chasing the sunset behind me when it came time for the shot I set out to take in the first place.

Cramer Imaging's professional landscape photograph of a dramatic orange sunset with clouds in silhouette in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho
This is the sunset I was so imprudently chasing at the wrong time.  I had good reason but I also had a job to do.
What started out as a nice and leisurely trip to a scenic vista ended up being a memory of being constantly reminded to come back and get my shot.  This was a business trip not a vacation and I have some unpleasant memories.  I can only imagine what would have happened in the Utah national parks if I hadn't already gotten that lesson.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape photograph of the Virgin River and mountains at sunset in Zion's National Park, Utah
I have great family memories of this place thanks to putting my camera down for a bit while I was there.
Because of that lesson, I did get to spend some quality time with my spouse, father, and stepmother just enjoying the view at both parks.  I have memories of fun together instead of being reminded to come spend time with my family thanks to my photo-chasing.  I got to see the excitement my stepmom has for being outdoors and even got to see my dad enjoy himself out there (he's far from an outdoorsman).

If we put down the camera for a few minutes, we can actually take in the scenic vistas we've gone to go see.  We can also create the memories which we set out to in the first place.  Then our vacation photos will mean something to us when we look back.  We'll have those happy memories together and our family/friendship bonds will be closer.

If you are worried about having photos to jog your memory, there are options.  Limit the number of photos that you take so that you don't overpower your vacation with picture-taking.  It will open up your time to be there with your family together.

Also, check into some fine art photography options while you are there or after you return.  There are photographers, professional and otherwise, who will gladly sell you a print or two of places you've been to.  They might even have better versions than your cell phone camera would take.  This will remove stress from your vacation and allow you to create beautiful memories together.

If you find that you want to buy fine art photo prints of your last vacation, please check out our online store to see if we have something to suit your needs.  If you don't see something from your vacation there, please tell us where you want prints from in the comments section and we will see what we can do about adding something to our store for you.