You would think that I, being a teenager, would know the arts on how to take a well-posed picture. But the numerous amount of poses you can strike stump me everytime. You can hit the hand-on-the-hip, the hand-by-your-side, the “we love each other so much we are constantly hugging”, or any other unnatural pose there is out there. But the rarest of them all, would have to be the candid. Finding a friend with the brilliant iPhone 6 camera to snap an unplanned pic makes for the perfect bedside framed picture. Even though the photographer is more than most of the time some random boy who clicks the camera button 300 times, a cute picture of you laughing at your best friend is one to slap an edit on and send to social media. These priceless candids can hit up to 100+ likes on Instagram with an additional handful of comments (if you’ve got the right snarky thought-through caption to go along).
The right candid pictures are dear to get and can express something more than just a good memory. I’ve heard that life is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You are not going to see something the same way you did the first time. The things you have experienced, you never will the same way. Those you cherish and make memories with could be gone in the blink of an eye. You will never have the exact same conversation, you will never smile that exact same smile, you will never eat that exact same piece of cake.
Change can abrupt suddenly or happen over time. When change takes place, it is so easy to get caught up in the world spinning around you. It is important to grap onto a candid and hold tightly. They show us cherishing, instead of planning, in a world where you are constantly planning ahead instead of stopping to enjoy the scenery.
One of my all time favorite verses is Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice.” A sentence so simple can have such huge impact. It is important that while you are pausing to enjoy the scenery, you are rejoicing in the Lord and giving Him praise. Not only did he create the scenery, but he placed you there. All glory and honor should go to Him.
Don’t forget that it’s okay to strike a pose, just remember the beauty of a candid, and give a shoutout to God as you do so.