Get back into the moment...

We all are here on this app called instagram to do the same things... share pictures of our dogs. So why do we let this app affect us on such an emotional level? From engagement, to competition, to petty drama? Does it get as tiring for the rest of you as it does for myself? From worrying about all the different numbers, to having to get photos for this, or photos for that... it gets exhausting. The way that my mental health and daily mood was being affected by instagram numbers wasn't healthy, and it was then that I decided that I needed to take a step back from the craziness of instagram, and remember the reasons that I joined instead. 

I think what really did me in was all the bandanas in my photos. Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore my girls in bandanas and they are so adorable from all of the different shops that I buy from, but I think I need to have days where I am not worried about getting a photo that perfectly showcases a bandana, and instead, showcases the moment that I am trying to capture. It had been a couple weeks since I really picked up my camera and felt like I wanted to take photos, until yesterday.

We packed up the car, the girls, and my camera and headed out to a lake 45 minutes north east from where we live, to a lake called Jordanelle. We rented some paddle boards and found a spot on a grassy beach where dogs were allowed, and went about our day. I hopped on the paddle board with Aleu first, and while she was a little skeptical, she trusted me and allowed me to take her out on the water. At first she was laying down, and then she sat up, and stood up, getting more and more comfortable as time went on. Occasionally she would come back and sit in my lap, or jump off and swim back to shore (Thank goodness for doggy life jackets) and I would head back with her and hangout on the beach. Though every time I would ask her if she wanted to go for a ride, she would hop back up on the board and wait for me to push us off of the beach and hop on to head back out. A True adventure sibe. Kyra on the other hand, was a disaster... which surprises me but also doesn't. She was very unsure of the board when it would wobble and I didn't want to stress her, so I just held her and sat in only knee deep water on the board with her, but allowed her to jump off to feel comfortable. Though, we will try again soon. 

But these moments, these are the moments that I used to photograph, that I would want to photograph, capturing a moment instead of taking a picture of another bandana. Though the girls can be wearing bandanas in a moment, but I want to get back to what I love, photographing real live moments, not super posed photos just for the gram. I want to give a little window into our lives that is real and raw, and not always so happy go lucky, but the truth. I want to live in the moment with my girls more, than letting the moment pass us by. I had so much fun taking photos this weekend, that has given me a remembrance of why I joined dog instagram in the first place... 

Alexandra Dunn