Photos vs Fun | 400 Word Rant

Photos vs Fun | 400 Word Rant

Based on the feedback from my last post like this, it seems like you guys enjoyed the 400 word rants, which is great because I have a lot of internalised rage, so here we go!

 

Topic of Today: You can take photos and still enjoy your time

Words: 393

“When Drake said, ‘I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome
Then she finally got to Rome
And all she did was post pictures for people at home
‘Cause all that mattered was impressin’ everybody she’s known’, I felt that”

But did you?!

Did you see her actually being in Rome spending her whole trip taking photos and not enjoying herself?  Or did you see the final photos she posted online and assume the worst?

There tends to be this massive culture of hate towards those who take photos almost everywhere they go, because people assume that they aren’t living in the moment and are spending all their time taking photos.  However, this may blow your mind… But did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, they could do both?

I love photos; they’re a chance for me immortalise moments of my life that I can look back on and smile at.  Do I share them on social media?  Yes I do; I love collating an Instagram feed full of photos that I love.  I don’t do it to “impress others”, I do it because I love sharing little bits of my happiness. 

When I go on holiday, or to a nice place in London, or simply just out somewhere I’m enjoying, I will probably take loads of photos.  But guess what?  It takes less than 5 minutes – 20 minutes at an absolute push – to take some snaps or have a mini photoshoot, which, surprisingly, doesn’t actually take that much time out of the hours I have to “live in the moment”. 

There seems to be this massive assumption that it all comes from a place of vanity (Which, if it does, why does it matter?  If you enjoy your face/your body and want to capture it in beautiful spots, then you do you!  Be proud!) but it doesn’t have to.  For example, I personally am a massive lover of nostalgia and I often look back at my photos from different places and remind myself of how I felt in those moments.  Pictures are tiny little versions of memories, and we should either be more understanding of that, or keep our nose out of other people’s business.

I’m sick of the judgement that comes from someone wanting to capture themselves enjoying something, just let it happen!  They aren’t bothering you!

But that’s just me, I guess…

 

What are your opinions on the matter?  I’m happy for people to disagree, In fact I encourage (respectful) debates!  Let me know in the comments,

Lots of love,

Jas xx

 

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  1. August 4, 2018 / 11:11 am

    Oh my god YES! Literally Jas I think I agree with everything you ever say haha! I hate this “you’re not truly enjoying it if you’re taking photos” mentality. Like yeah, I’m not enjoying a 2 week holiday because I spent 30 seconds of it taking a photo? 🤦‍♀️ xxx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 4, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Awwww I’m so glad that you resonated with this! Honestly I feel like that mentality is so horrible… Why can’t you do both?

      Jas xx

  2. Batmom85
    August 4, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Great post I agree with both, I’ve done both. I do think trying to capture the right “moment” takes away from fun. I know when I trying to get the right picture or whatever I’m not really enjoying myself so I tend give myself a few mibutes for photos then camera down to really feel what’s going on.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 4, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Yeah, it’s good to have a balance!

      Jas xx

  3. August 4, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I love your point of view! I actually quite often feel guilty for taking photos because I have thing that people will think I’m only doing it to impress others- but that is not the case! Thanks for sharing this and I totally agree! xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 4, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, glad you agree!

      Jas xx

  4. August 4, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    YES. I wish I took more photos, honestly. Out and about, on holiday, whatever; I just don’t take enough and then I’m often sad that I have no visual record of things. It would have taken only a moment but (my phone was in my bag/I wasn’t wearing makeup/I could just as easily get one later/misc. excuse X)

    But then I get self-conscious about pulling out a camera. Will I be judged? Why should anyone care?

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 4, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Exactly! Nobody should care, we should be free to take as little or as many photos as we want! Hopefully you can get some more taken now!

      Jas xx

  5. BethRebecca
    August 4, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    I completely agree! I love being able to actually capture memories of amazing times and I love looking back at old pictures and remembering how happy that day was and everything

    Beth x | https://bethrebecca.com/

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 4, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Yeah, it’s all about the memories 🙂

      Jas xx

  6. August 4, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I completely agree with you! Just because you’re taking photos does not mean you aren’t enjoying. Totally the opposite tbh, I adore taking photos and it’s the perfect and cheapest way of remembering a holiday or even a good day out.

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Exactly! Glad you agree

      Jas xx

  7. August 5, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Girl this is so true!! I am all for living in the moment, but I do like to take photos to keep them memories, it is proven that visual memory doesn’t last that long so when you take photos it is a reminder!! X

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Exactly! We have perfect reason to take photos!

      Jas xx

  8. August 5, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I agree with you on so many levels with this post. It’s great to share the adventures you’ve had during your travels but make sure it’s not consuming the whole trip. It takes a few minutes to snap some pictures. Other times, people post pictures because they treat IG like their timeline – which is fine as well. Keep on doing you!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Yeah, it’s all about finding balance, and I love the idea of Instagram being a visual timeline – I didn’t realise until now, but that’s exactly what I do!

      Jas xx

  9. August 5, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    This was so interesting to read, because I’ve been thinking about this topic recently! I definitely think we’re in a culture where social media has taken over, but that doesn’t eradicate the right to do whatever you’d like to do!
    I love photography, and take photos wherever I go. I’m still absorbing the moment, but why not take a snap to remember it in the future? I totally agree with you, after all, isn’t it personal choice??
    Loved reading!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much, yeah it should be a personal choice!

      Jas xx

  10. August 5, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    I totally don’t think stopping for photos means you’re not present in the moment, but I can’t relate. Before I had my blog I literally never took photos of anything. Ever. I have 0 old photos for the sake of memories. Kinda wish I had more!! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      I was the same for a while, I’m so glad I take photos now! I love having memories of everything

      Jas xx

  11. August 5, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more! Live, and let live! The way that I see it is that, taking pictures is capturing the moments that you’re living in because you enjoy it & wanna cherish it. I don’t see why people make such a big deal out of it.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 7:50 pm

      I don’t understand why they make a big deal either!

      Jas xx

  12. August 5, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    LOVE this, you know what sometimes I am actually hesitant to upload lots of pictures sometimes because I am worried of what people will think, or think that I am “stunting for the gram” but like you said, of course you can have fun and take lots photographs at the same time! I love taking pictures of everything! Great post Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it <3

      Jas xx

  13. August 5, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I can definitely relate to this post!!! It is possible for one to be present and still wanting to make memories. I’m a person who LOVES to take pictures… so I personally don’t think it takes away from being present in the moment and enjoying the occasion nor should it be classed that I take pictures and post up on the gram just to impress others. I do it for the sake of memories and of course, I don’t have a low self esteem so I’m going to flaunt my body (in a respectful manner of course), I’m going to take show all my God-given teeth and I’m going to live life, be present in the moment & still capture every moment.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Exactly!!

      Jas xx

  14. August 5, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    As a travel photographer I of course think you can do both! I enjoy all of the places I visit across the world but I wouldn’t be much of a photographer if I didn’t snap as I go! So yes, you can do both! Doesn’t take all day to take a photo right?!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Exactly, it doesnt take all day! Thanks for commenting,

      Jas xx

      • August 5, 2018 / 10:50 pm

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  15. August 5, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Yes to all of this!! People always say ‘live in the moment’ and ‘put your phone away’ but it is possible to live in the moment and also take some photos for me to look back at and remember how happy I was at the time. Yes I don’t want to be on my phone all the time and it’s important to enjoy things for what they are but what’s wrong with taking a few photos to look back on? Not for anyone else, just me! Loved this post! X

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

      Jas xx

  16. August 5, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    YES!! I wholeheartedly agree! It’s indeed possible to enjoy and take in a moment but also capture photos of it!! I’ve always loved photos and I love how they store the moment and at the end of the day they also help my memory because I can guarantee I’d probably forget a lot of smaller memories if I didn’t have photos of them!

    Claire xxx
    http://eclairscares.blogspot.com/

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      They make for great memories!
      Jas xx

  17. August 5, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    This post is so good! I always feel so awkward when I do blog photos with people watching. even on holiday, even though everybody else does it. But really, I am not harming anyone and i like it, so yeah, I can do both!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you! Yeah you can most definitely do both

      Jas xx

  18. August 5, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    100% agree with you! I take photos because I want to save those moments in time forever! In my opinion, I think taking photos means you’re appreciating a moment even more. Because once you’ve taken that photo, you can relive that memory again and again. Great post!

  19. August 5, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    This is such a great post! I totally agree with everything you said. I love taking the time to look back at pictures I took while on trips I’ve taken and really remember the experience. There shouldn’t be so much judgment around it!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      Awwwww thank you, I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Glad you could agree!

      Jas xx

  20. August 5, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Yes! I agree I totally fall under peer pressure that I might be judged for taking photos but why not live in the moment but also be reminded by that great picture you took

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Exactly – it’s possible to do both! Try not to let the pressure get to you xx

  21. Julia
    August 5, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Yes! I agree with this so much! I hate the mentality of ‘you can’t enjoy your time if you’re photographing it,’ I love having photos to show people and for the memories, it takes 30 seconds so I don’t see how it has that much of an impact! xxx

    beesytimes.co,uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Neither do I! People seem to like to complain about everything

      Jas xx

  22. August 5, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    oh my gosh totally agree! Taking photos does not take forever and in the process it can be fun.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Yeah exactly!

      Jas xx

  23. August 5, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    I love this so much! If anything taking a photo takes up like two minutes, so this assumption that people aren’t living in the moment because they’re taking photos is ridiculous- especially, when it’s a couple of minutes out of 24 hours. Great post!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  24. August 5, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    Totally agree Jasmine! I’m never seen without a camera in my hand and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s much better than being seen with your head stuck in your phone 24/7… I also have a really awful memory, like to the point the other day I forgot what my knee was called and called it a ‘leg elbow’ and i am honestly not joking hahaha it’s actually quite upsetting so photos really help me to remember my life!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 12, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      Looool I love that you called your knee a leg elbow!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you!

      Jas xx

  25. August 5, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    Girl I completely agree with this rant, I also love how articulate you remained throughout the rant 😂 I believe a rant is good for the soul! Some excellent points made here. It’s as if a lot of people seem to think you can only do one thing at a time and that’s it. Ever heard of multi-tasking? Of COURSE we can take some photos for 5/10 minutes then get on with enjoying the experience! Great post xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      Awwww thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  26. letsgettripsy
    August 6, 2018 / 12:51 am

    With everything today people are either on one extreme of a topic or the other it seems and I so agree – you can take pictures AND still be enjoying the moment/trip/evening out. Pictures take mere seconds and so does posting – I love taking pics, sharing with friends and family, having that memory AND still enjoying what I am doing. This post is on point – keep on keeping on, I completely agree!! xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I’m glad you agree!

      Jas xx

  27. August 6, 2018 / 2:08 am

    “They’re a chance for me to immortalise moments of my life”… YES TO THIS!

    Taking a photo is capturing a memory and the reality is, as we get older the people in those photos may only exist in those immortalised moments.After losing my uncle last year I learned the true value of photographs. I am so thankful to have wonderful photos to look back on and cherish.
    As I’ve got older I’m usually the one taking the photos as I’m pretty body conscious but even then I see those pictures and remember exactly how I felt in the moment it was taken.
    It’s a great feeling and no one should be insulted or slated for taking a moment out to capture the moments they’re enjoying. I think it enhances your experience as you get to relive it whenever you want.

    This is a really great post Jas!

    Louisa | http://www.loubeeloublogs.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much! And I’m glad you understand the importance of immortalising those moments!

      Jas xx

  28. olliviette
    August 6, 2018 / 6:47 am

    After a major life shift I actually HATE taking pics and I prefer to live in my moment and experience life as it is. Weird how I expect this to help me if I want to get serious about blogging. I don’t mind people who have to take their pictures, I don’t even care because that’s their life. The only time I start to care is when it creeps into my life. if we’re trying to enjoy life together, let’s say we’re in a new country, and all the other person does is sit in front of their camera NOT to blog/vlog, NOT to engage with ppl who are who, NOT to anything but sit in front of a camera, I will get mad. You coulda did that in your cramped bedroom.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Yeah, it’s nice that you respect other people’s choices! It’s definitely all about having a balance, and if they’re spending their whole time in front of the camera it’s a bit annoying :/

      Jas xx

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