It’s well into the school year and I was reflecting on how photo sharing has helped to help build community and connections on teams, in classrooms, and school events my family is a part of. I needed just that realization to keep up the momentum on the photo taking and uploading as weeks go by. If you need some of your own inspiration to tote out the camera again, here are some thoughts:
1. You’re expanding participation: For those that can’t make the field trip or the game, photo sharing is a great way to enjoy the experience even if they couldn’t be there in person.
2. Your photos are appreciated: I’ve heard from many parents who are grateful that someone is documenting the season or school year when they’ve forgotten their camera or just aren’t family photographers.
3. You are setting an example: Your behavior is motivating others to take pictures and share photos for other groups they are a part of based on the seeds that you’ve planted.
4. Your impact is wider than you think: Photo sharing is contagious, expanding beyond the original group to grandparents, co-workers and friends.
5. Your actions will live on: Photos grow in value as time passes. These images and memories will retain and even expand their value as time passes.
And, if you’ve got others sharing the photo taking responsibilities, take time out to thank them with physical products that will preserve their memories in unique and beautiful ways. I’ve used a photo book made in Simple Path to put together a field trip book recently that I plan on giving the teacher. It was so easy and fast to combine the photos shared to our classroom website and taken on two different cameras because the book is pre-filled using the picture date and time stamp.
Also, our new greeting card path is perfect for thanking others using multiple images that can now be printed both on the front and inside of the cards.
I hope this has helped you to keep up your important and appreciated work of unofficial photographer.