Yes, I’m a Shutterbug

At a recent scrapbooking retreat

This week’s topic is one I suggested: Looking at the photos on your phone (or camera, if you still use one), what place or type of event do you tend to photograph most often?

I’ve been an avid scrapbooker for over twenty-five years, and I love going through the pictures I’ve taken. Now that I’ve upgraded to a phone that takes great pictures as well as video, I take even more photos than I did before. So recently, I took stock of the pictures I’ve taken during the past few years. Here’s what I found.

Things that are NOT in my pictures:

  • Unless it’s a special meal someone made for me, or something that’s really unusual, I don’t take pictures of what I’m eating.
  • I’m not much for selfies, but after looking through albums I realized that I’m not IN any of these pictures, so lately I’ve been attempting to take them more often. There are hundreds of pictures from my trips to London, Paris, the Greek islands, and Tokyo, but I’m in very few. In addition to bad selfies, I’ve gotten better about handing my phone to someone and asking for a picture to prove “I was there.” 

Things that ARE in my photos:

  • My activities, such as band and orchestra concerts, scrapbooking retreats, and writer events such as book signings and workshops I attend.
  • My kids’ and grandkids’ activities. I’ve always made it a point to attend as many of their activities as possible: band, choir, all sports, theater, whatever. Among my nine grandkids, I’m known as “the grandma who always takes pictures.” 
  • Places I go and unusual things I see: For a while after retiring, I took a major trip every other year, but the pandemic and my husband’s health issues put a stop to that. Now, I look forward to short road trips and weekend gatherings, such as my three day road trip to Shipshewana, Indiana.
  • Screenshots of things I see on the internet also appear in my photo files. Sometimes I share them, and sometimes I pull them up just for a laugh.

But to answer the original question about what appears most often, I’d have to say that honor goes to my two youngest grandkids. They live closest to me, and I’m often called upon to take care of them. And in between babysitting calls, I look for places to take them. They enjoy going to plays and concerts as well as the usual kid stuff. I’m blessed. I try to take pictures so that when I’m at the point where I can’t go, or they grow up and move on, I’ll have the pictures to remind me of the fun times.


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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10 Responses to Yes, I’m a Shutterbug

  1. Oh, I have so many photos that I have taken it isn’t funny! I spent a small fortune
    on developing film for decades, and I have boxes and boxes which I START going through every couple of years! When digitals came in, I carried a camera and have many photos on CDs,flash drives, on my PC and now on my phone.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      The boxes of photos are the reason I started scrapbooking. Long ago, I took a box of my dad’s pictures from his time in the army and put them in a special scrapbook for him. I gave it to him for Father’s Day, and he spent hours looking through it!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I have no idea — yet — what I’ll mention in my Hound Day blog this week, but let me remark, here, about pix of food. Like you state, I rarely take photos of a meal. To me, food is for eating and if something arises out of the ordinary, I’m likely to describe it (but not take its pix).
    Fact of the matter — no offense to those many friends who DO visually document their meals — I have little or no interest in what other people are eating.
    That said, I have been known to take a photo of my MacTunaPea dish, or something special / unusual that I’m posting about because it caught my attention. But mostly, if I photograph food it’s to complement some (hopefully) humorous observation that I’m writing about it.
    For the rest on this topic, check in to 4F1H on Thursday.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m expecting a detailed account of who, what, when, and where your photos were taken! Yes, pictures of meals might go in my scrapbook, but only when they’re things I don’t eat at home, like dishes I’ve eating in foreign countries.

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  3. Diane Burton says:

    I used to be take lots of pictures. Like you, I’m rarely in my pictures. I don’t take selfies. The only one I ever took was of Hubs and me watching the solar eclipse. I do take pics of my grandkids. I have tons of albums before there were cameras on phones plus boxes and boxes of developed photos waiting to be put into albums. LOL

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’ve got boxes of prints, too! Most of mine are in albums now, but I have a lot from my parents and grandparents. I’m not sure I’ll ever catch up! Thanks for stopping in, Diane!


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You know I’ll have to look at my phone to know the answer to your question. I imagine I’ll have a few of my grandchildren also.

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  5. This summer I have really enjoyed seeing the photos of you and your grandkids on your hikes. You all look like you’re really enjoying yourself.


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