As I’m clearing off the table, wade through scrunched up wrapping paper and step over new toys I’m saddened that as the party host I didn’t get nearly enough photo opportunities.

As a photographer and 21st century mum I’m suddenly acutely aware that I lost the ability to enjoy and consciously drink in a moment. Instead of taking a deep breath and tuning into helium filled giggles I found myself fumbling for my camera, stressed as I was about to miss the moment to capture.

In the end I missed out both on the photo and the cognitive process of making a lasting memory.

Photography is the closest form we have to relieving a moment. But it is only two dimensional. To fully be able to lock in a moment into your emotional treasure bank, a photograph has to become a trigger to stimulate all your other senses.

So when you next press that trigger please pay attention to what you hear, what you feel and what you see outside that viewfinder. Put your camera down so that you can embrace the moment.

Live fully and capture more authentically. Choose to exist.