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Why We Need To Start Taking More Photos Of Our Day to Day Lives

06/03/2018

If theres one thing I need to start doing more in my life, it’s taking more photos.

I know, thats strange for a blogger to say but its true; I’m great at taking photos for my blog, but I hardly ever take photos of my day to day life. If I go out for a meal with Chris or off on a road trip with a friend, I tend to just live in the moment and enjoy myself. It’s only after than I think that perhaps I should have taken some photos of the day (not just to post on social media to prove that I actually do have a social life!) but to look back on fondly when I’m feeling down and depressed.

Kind of like a happy jar on my phone.

But recently I’ve come to realise there’s another, more important reason to take photos; because eventually the people in them won’t be with us any more.

Why We Need To Start Taking More Photos Of Our Day to Day Lives

As some of you may know, my nan was recently diagnosed with Lew Body Dementia and coming to terms with this hasn’t been easy for me. Even just writing about it is difficult (I’ve re-written this sentence 8 times already) and I still don’t think I’ve fully accepted what its going to mean for our families future.

Some days she’s her old self again: funny, sarcastic and very quick witted. Other days she keeps telling us she wants to go home even when she is home (with her being unable to walk anymore, we had to have a special bed added to the living room so she can sleep downstairs and I think thats what’s throwing her) and will get very aggressive and argumentative with everyone.

Last week she was refusing to go to the toilet because she thought it was still outside (like when she was younger) and nothing any of us could say could convince her otherwise. I think the carers eventually managed to “trick” her onto the commode but it was really upsetting to see and I had to go home before she saw me crying and got even more upset and confused.

And the thing is, it’s only going to get worse.

Eventually she might not ever know who I am. Thats something I really can’t think about at the moment without getting very upset and I don’t think bursting into tears on a crowded train is a good look; even if it is 9:30am on a Monday morning.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from whats happened, it’s to make memories with the ones I love while I can and to take as many photos as possible too. I love showing nan photos of the day trips we went on when I was little, it brings a sparkle to her eyes and you can see she does actually remember them. It also helps me remember what she was like before the Dementia started, which in all honesty, I’m finding harder and harder to do recently.

The only problem with a digital photo collection is that its hard to find the photos you want, when you want them.

If you’re anything like me your camera roll will mostly be a collection of random screenshots (which you’ve absolutely no idea why you took) and photos of outfits or tattoos you like that you’ve saved from Pinterest. Sifting through all of these to get to a photo you took two years ago isn’t going to be easy!

Which I why I’ve fallen in love with printing my photos out.

I remember going on holiday as a kid and taking one of the wind up Kodak cameras with me, snapping photos of absolutely everything I saw and then having to wait impatiently while my auntie took them to the post office to be printed out. Then getting them back, only to find that half of them were blurry or you’d seriously misjudged the shot and somehow only half a person was in the photo…

Luckily it’s a little bit easier these days!

I collaborated with Printiki last month to get some of my favourite pictures printed off and it was so much easier. You simply pick which style you want, upload the photos you want to be printed and then reposition them so you get everything you want in the frame (no more pictures of your grandad with only half his arm in the shot!). Then all you have to do is sit back and wait for them to be delivered to you.

That bit still hasn’t changed and I’m still just as impatient as I was 20 years ago.

Why We Need To Start Taking More Photos Of Our Day to Day Lives

I went for a retro polaroid look but there are lots of different ones you can choose from and you can ever add text if you want to. Not really necessary for me, unless its to shout I PASSED! on the photo of me passing my driving test, which I still can’t believe some days. But it could be a great feature if you’re giving the photos as a gift and want to make them more personal.

I’m thinking of making a few of their photo books next and theming them around certain events. One full of baby photos. Another of my favourite photos with my parents. Mine and Chris’s first year together… I could easily fill a shelf with them!

I’ve kept the photos next to my bed so that whenever I’m feeling down or like I’ll never achieve anything, I can look through them and see all the things I’ve achieved. Passing my driving test, going to uni, day trips with friends. I can also use them to remember some of the best events in my life like finally going to see Status Quo with my parents and jumping around like idiots when they played Rockin’ All Over The World.

That one never fails to make me laugh.

So my goal for this year is to take as many photos as I can and get them printed out; either singularly or as part of a photo book. I’m also going to take them round and show my nan, so she can see what I’ve been doing and the places I’ve been going, rather than just listening to me talk about them. I read somewhere that showing people picture of past and current events can help, as its something they can physically see and it can trigger their memories.

Maybe it will help her, maybe it won’t, but at the end of the day; theres no harm in trying.

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Why We Need To Start Taking More Photos Of Our Day to Day Lives

58 responses to “Why We Need To Start Taking More Photos Of Our Day to Day Lives”

  1. I’m really sorry to hear about your nan, it’s a cruel disease but sending all the love and well wishes. I love taking photos and I DESPISE it when people say that you’re not “living in the moment if you’re always taking photos”. Honestly, piss off haha. I miss kodak cameras and getting photos printed from Boots. When I went to Bulgaria in like 2010, I only took a couple of disposable cameras with me (: xxx

  2. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Jenny! 🙂 and I know I hate it too! It’s what’s made me so scared to take photos, I don’t want to be judged 🙄 that’s such a good idea, I might have to do that when I next go somewhere! 🙂 xxx

  3. Sabrina says:

    This is such a beautiful post and I couldn’t agree more. I love having real photos hanging on my wall, it just makes anywhere feel like home.xx

  4. Bexa says:

    This is such a beautiful reminder to capture special moments and keep hold of the memories forever. So sorry to hear about your nan Jade, showing her photos is such a lovely and thoughtful idea. I love making holiday scrapbooks and enjoy looking back on them. I’m going to make sure I keep on taking lots of photos 😍. Great post lovely 💕 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  5. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! I agree, photos real do make a place a home 😊 xx

  6. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Bexa, it seems to help her so I’m hopeful ☺️ I’ve honestly become obsessed with looking through old photos now- I’ve caught the bug! 🙊 you definitely should, it’s so much fun 😁💖 xx

  7. What an amazing heartfelt post ❤️ I’m guilty of not taking as many photos as I should and I genuinely can’t remember the last time I printed a photo. When my older girls were small I printed off photos and made up albums for them but my son only has one pretty small album of photos- I must rectify this!
    Thanks for sharing such a fantastic post 😃

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  8. Soffy S says:

    This post really touched me. I’m sorry about your nan and I’m proud of you that you’re trying to help in whatever way possible. I agree we need to take more photos and especially have them printed out like the old days. I have 3000+ photos on my phone that I seriously need to sort out!

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  9. This is such a positive message of why we should take more photos. In this day and age, many people say we take too many photos but what they forget now is that a photo can hold such precious memories!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  10. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much hun 💛 I’m glad my post has helped prompt you to take more photos and get them printed off, both for your son and in general 😁

  11. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! It was such a hard post to write so I’m glad to know it’s touched people. I’m exactly the same! I really need to get more of them printed asap

  12. Jade Marie says:

    I’ve never understood the people who have a go at people for taking photos- why wouldn’t you now the technology is so readily available! Hopefully posts like this can show people the positives of taking photographs!

  13. insidemegansmind says:

    I love this post because I’m so tired of hearing people say that we need to stop taking photos and get our phones out of our faces and live in the moment. Living in the moment is good and all, but I like to be able to look back on it.

    Megan

  14. Jade Marie says:

    Im glad you enjoyed it! ☺️ I think we need a balance; yes we should try and live in the moment but we should also record it on video or photographs too so we can look back on those moment in years to come ☺️

  15. Not that it helps but I am so sorry to hear this, it’s such an awful illness, distressing for everyone involved. Your Nan sounds like an incredible and funny woman though and it must be lovely growing up with her around. I also am one to live in the moment and then wish I’d taken photos and this has really motivated me to start taking more, not just pretty scenery, but people laughing and being silly. Sending lots of love to you and your family xx
    my20staughtme.wordpress.com

  16. KHarris says:

    This is a beautiful post. I am so sorry for what your family is going through but the sentiment and emotion in the post really speaks to me. I think I need to start taking more photos too.

  17. Jade Marie says:

    It does help hun, it’s always nice to know that people care so thank you 😊 and she is! It’s just so sad to see that slowly slipping away 😔 I’m glad it’s not just me that struggles with taking photos, especially of people or in public places. Thank you for your kind words hun, I’ll make sure to pass them onto my family too!xx

  18. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much hun! 💛 I honestly believe now that you can never have too many pictures, especially printed ones.

  19. Delaine says:

    I strongly agree with this post and share the same sentiments. Whenever I am in a setting with good people and good vibes I tend to forget all about the pics and try to live in the moment and whenever I leave I always regret not capturing those moments. I am thinking about going on a short vacation soon and I am thinking about fun pictures I can take with my boyfriend and I so we can look back at it in the future and smile.

    http://delainemyles.com

  20. Jade Marie says:

    I hope you managed to take lots of photos and enjoy your vacation hun ☺️ someone came up with the suggestion of getting a disposable or Polaroid camera and using that, which I quite like!

  21. Nancy says:

    I agree with you about taking pictures more often! I feel like we can destress by looking at pictures (oooh those memories!).

    I’m happy to hear that you’ve printed your pictures! With the digital age, I was getting worried that people are leaving everything on their devices, which can be forgotten easily.

    exquisitely.me

  22. Megha says:

    A beautiful post reminding us to take pictures often with our loved ones. And get them printed in an album so that we can see them whenever we feel like and be happy reminiscing those moments 🙂 I don’t do this anymore, have thought about getting the photos printed but just keeps on postponing. Maybe now I will 🙂

  23. Jade Marie says:

    I hope you do decide to get some printed 🙂 it’s so nice to sit and look back on your memories 🙂

  24. Ellyn Rebecca says:

    Both my grandmas are developing dementia (at different stages) and sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s frustrating when you have to be repeating the same conversations every week but I find it’s just about being there in that moment! I also have a bullet Journal so I’ve been trying to take more photos to include in there as well!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  25. Jade Marie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that hun 😔 I keep saying I’m going to get myself a bullet journal but I just never get round to it lol it sounds great to have a section of pictures though 😊 x

  26. Tasha Louise says:

    So sorry about your Nan, that’s really sad 😥 love taking photos and so glad I have a nice one of me and my grandad because when he passed away I framed it and put it up. I love printing photos and have a few albums but haven’t printed any in ages! Great post! X

  27. Jade Marie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandad, I really should get some more with him before it’s too late 😔 x

  28. Madi Dearson says:

    You are so right- think it’s so important and it’s such a lovely way to preserve memories -I make each of my kids an album every year on their birthday and a family one too – and they now love sitting with their albums and see themselves when they were babies. Some of the people in the pictures like my grandmother are no longer with us, but they see her pictures and remember her and it’s lovely.

  29. Bianca says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your nan, but you put such a positive message on a topic like this. I think it’s great you want to take photos every day of memories for her. We should all do that! Of course it’s important to live in the moment when it comes to making memories, but to at least have one photo from that day, that’s the best memory in the world. This was a wonderful post to read.

  30. So sorry about your nan lovely! This is such a good idea though, when my Grandad passed away last year it made me realise how important taking photos is! He hated having his photo took and there are hardly any photos of us together which breaks my heart, he was like my bestfriend and I’d love to have more photos of us together to look back on and show my future children! I think your photobook idea is great and I’m sure your nan will love to see all the photos of your adventures!

    Jess xx

  31. Jade Marie says:

    That’s such a lovely idea! I think I might start making a yearly album, it sounds like such a great idea 🙂

  32. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! I was hoping to try and keep it as positive as possible 🙂 that’s my goal for the rest of this year- to take at least one photo of each memory so I can print it off into a yearly book 🙂

  33. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! All my family are the same and I really wish I had more with my grandad too- he’s still alive luckily but there are so many memories that I have that I wish I had photos for too 🙁 I’m so sorry to hear your grandad has passed away though hun- I can’t imagine going through that! 🙁 xx

  34. I know you can’t get photos of the memories you’ve already shared but insist on photos whenever you see him now no matter how much he doesn’t like them I wish I had! It was such a terrible time he’s the first close family member I’ve lost so it was so hard and being so close to him it was even worse but he was really suffering so at least he’s not in pain anymore I suppose!xx

  35. Jade Marie says:

    I think I’m going to have to! I don’t want to look back and realise I have no photos of him to put up and remember him by 😢 I’ve never lost anyone close to me and I’m terrified for when it does eventually happen as I know I won’t cope well at all 😔 as hard as it is, you’re right- at least he’s no longer in pain 😔 xx

  36. It’s always going to be hard losing someone but aslong as you’ve got family around you then you can support each other and you’ll get through it!xx

  37. Nora says:

    I started taking more photos recently and it’s just so amazing because one day I’ll look back and remember those wonderful moments💕

  38. Jade Marie says:

    I’m so glad to hear that! ☺️ taking photos is such an important part of life as far as I’m concerned- this strange taboo around it needs to go 💕

  39. So sorry to hear about your nan 💞I think it’s a really good idea to start taking more photos of everyday life, it’s something I wish I did more of because I have people who I have lost and I wish I had more photos of us together to remember the good times xx

  40. Alys George says:

    This was such a beautifully written post Jade, I’m so sorry to hear you lost someone close to you.

    Photos are always a special way of keeping peoples memories alive X

  41. Katie Henry says:

    This is such a good idea! I have loads of photos on my phone and now I just want to print them all out. Thanks for sharing x

  42. andthenzen says:

    I bloody love this post, and I definitely need to start taking more photos as well.. 🙊 I think I heard Alfie Deyes say in a recent vlog that he thinks more people should vlog their daily lives – whether they post it online or not – just to document your day and feelings in a way that even photos can’t! 😇

  43. Eena says:

    I love this! It’s so important to keep memories and to always take photos. I love getting my photos printed out too – it’s nice to flip through them instead of going through them on my phone!

    http://www.chrisandeena.com

  44. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely 💕 and I’m sorry to hear that 😔 it’s definitely something I’m trying to do more of now, I really regret not taking more in the past xx

  45. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Alys! It’s definitely a new goal of mine to go out and make as many memories and take as ment photos as I can, while I can x

  46. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome 😊 you definitely should, printed photos are so much better than digital ones I think!x

  47. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! I’m glad you like it so much 😁 hmm that’s actually a really good point! 🤔 I know one of my favourite YouTubers caught his sons first words on a vlog and that was such an awesome thing to happen! 😍 I’m super awkward on camera (even if know one will ever see it!) so I’m not sure if I’d be able to do it or not, but it’s worth thinking about- thanks! ☺️

  48. This is such a lovely post and I’m really sorry to hear about your nan! I also think it’s so important that we take pictures to keep memories I definitely don’t do it enough xx

  49. Jade Marie says:

    Completely agree there hun!

  50. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! And I honestly don’t think any of us do really, not when we stop and think about it 😔 xx

  51. Okay first of all, I am so so sorry to hear about your nan and sending all my love and wishes for lots of good days and memories to come yet! Photos are so important for remembering small details and events aswell as bigger ones and making a little book of them is the sweetest and loveliest idea. It’s so much nicer to have them physical and able to hold and keep too rather than just shoved on a phone or camera!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipebeauty.co.uk

  52. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Alice! 💕 photobooks and albums are the best, I love having something physical to look through and hold- it seems more real somehow!xx

  53. becbeccabec says:

    So sorry to hear about your nan! This is a lovely post, Photos are my favourite things because I’m a very sentimental person, I love holding onto memories and reminiscing. I like to scrapbook photos (and extras like concert tickets) because its so nice to have sometime physical rather than them all being on my phone which I barely look at

  54. Jess says:

    I take TONS of pictures! I’m the one in the family who takes all the holiday pics & etc., but I’m horrible about not printing them out!!!! I definitely need to get better at that! I love looking back at some of our old family albums & seeing the photos in print.

  55. I’m so sorry to hear about your Nan’s diagnosis! It’s such a blunt way to remind yourself that people don’t last forever. It’s something I’ve only really realised recently, too, and it’s definitely inspired me to start taking and printing out more photos. I’ve recently printed a bunch of photos of my family and friends with the aim of hanging them up once I redo my room because memories were made to be cherished. I’m so guilty of not taking enough photos, though, so that’s definitely something I want to change in the future!

  56. Great post and so true! Sorry to hear yor Nan is unwell x

  57. I’m sorry for your Nans sickness. I found that old photos really help bring them back for a little bit. My grandfather has Demetia and can’t remember what happened five minutes ago but bring out some old pics and he can talk for hours!!
    Will check out the site you mentioned too as that sounds very cool!

  58. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Rebekah, it definitely was a stark wake up call 😔 I’m sure the photos will look lovely in your room ☺️

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