If A Tree Falls in the Forest And You Don’t Instagram a Picture of it…

…did it really fall?

I have been known to do a good amount of instagramming. Since reading a book in middle school where one of the characters carries a camera everywhere because she doesn’t ever want to miss a memory, I’ve been obsessed with taking photos of important events. (Yes, I take cues for life from books. Brandon would say this is why I was a weird kid. He would be right.)

I always feel the pressure to document everything, out of a little social media FOMO (fear of missing out, as the kids say it these days). I’m worried that if I don’t take a picture, I’ll forget what happened, as if the whole event is completely invalid if it isn’t saved securely to my iCloud and uploaded to my Facebook or Instagram.

As Brandon and I drove to the mountains for a week of camping with his family, you can only imagine my horror when my phone went completely dead halfway through the drive. There are no chargers in the mountains. This means there would be no pictures.

How would I ever document my trip? How would anyone know that I:

* Caught 11 fish and wrestled them out of the water with my worm-covered hands
* Wore a big sun hat with pigtails and my obnoxious Michelle Obama tee shirt
* Ate some awesome campfire food
* Attempted fly fishing and wasn’t one bit good at it
* Had some quality time with Brandon and his family?

As I sat in front of the campfire and tried not to get eaten alive by ginormous mountain bugs, I surprisingly didn’t feel any FOMO. I wasn’t upset by the amount of photos I didn’t take. I wasn’t worried about remembering my experience, because you know what? It was pretty darn memorable, even if it’s now not so instagrammable.

To give you an idea of what went down, here is the one photo I took, along with some awesome stock photos. Enjoy.

Taylor In Pigtails and Sun Hat

The one photo I took. You can’t see my eyes or the fact that Michelle Obama’s face takes up my whole shirt.


There’s Brandon peeking out of our accommodations. Pretty comfy.

Fire Clip Art

Sitting around the campfire was one of my favorite things.

Fried Egg Clip Art

Brandon’s dad made some delicious breakfasts.

Clip Art Trout

I caught 11 trout, and named each one. Templeton is the classiest trout you’ll ever meet.

Cartoon Girl With Pigtails Blonde

As you can see, I was pretty excited to be there.

Couple Walking Clip Art

And there’s the happy couple. Our height difference isn’t as obvious here.

What do you think about photo-taking? Is it helpful, meaningful, or distracting?

Xoxo, Taylor


12 thoughts on “If A Tree Falls in the Forest And You Don’t Instagram a Picture of it…

    • Thank you for reading! I realized this last week that i spend way too much time crafting how I’m going to “portray” my life on social media and too little time just living in the moment.


    • Keep in mind I was brook fishing, so the fish aren’t 12-pound giants or anything! lol but thank you for reading! I agree – sometimes the best memories are made when we aren’t plugged in at all.


  1. There is definitely that fear of missing out, but there are so many good memories that cannot be described in photos. And even if you do miss a photo op, you might be able to remember it some other way, such as writing in a journal.

    This happened to me at Chicago’s Taste of Randolph a few weeks ago, when I unexpectedly encountered a few friends and didn’t get a photo with them. The conversations and presence was sufficient!


  2. This is something that I’ve always thought about. I’m terrible at taking pictures and sometimes I’m like, “Crap! Should’ve taken a picture of that.” Then at the same time, the memories that are really important will always stick with you.


  3. I LOVE photography, and whenever I forget or don’t bring my camera somewhere with me, I normally regret it! Though, I’m more in the camp of photography as an art, I take a lot of landscape photos or pictures of things I’m seeing! I love looking back on trips and wanting to go back those places!


    • I personally think taking photos as an art is completely different than just capturing iPhone photos for the social media love. Photography is a beautiful way to document life and look back on it later!

      Thanks for reading!


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