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Behind the Lens: Why I Enjoy Being the “Photographer” in a Friend Group

Behind the Lens: Why I Enjoy Being the “Photographer” in a Friend Group

Flipping through the pages of my digital photo album, a wave of nostalgia washes over me. Each photograph holds a precious memory, frozen in time, allowing me to relive those moments whenever I please. Being a photographer in a friend group has become an integral part of my life, helping me cherish and preserve things like nothing else.

What’s happening behind the lens?

Memory Hoarder

As someone who was always behind the lens, with each click of the shutter button, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be able to capture these fleeting moments. Whether it’s a candid shot of my parents laughing together, OOTD pictures of my friends, or a perfectly timed picture of my nephew blowing out his birthday candles, these allow me to freeze time and hold onto those memories. It  has the incredible ability to transport me back to a specific moment in time.

A candid photo of my mother genuinely smiling. Photo | Ronalyn Santos

Appreciation in Little Things

Being a photographer has also taught me to appreciate the beauty in everyday life. Through my lens, even mundane objects can become extraordinary works of art. The way sunlight filters through leaves or how raindrops cling delicately to petals—these might have otherwise gone unnoticed if not for photography. It reminds me to slow down and appreciate life’s little joys while capturing them for eternity.

Photo | Ronalyn Santos

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An Outlet for Self-expression

Photography has given me an outlet for self-expression and creativity. It allows me to tell stories without words – each photograph is a visual narrative that speaks volumes about emotions and experiences. Through the lens, I am able to capture the world as I see it and document personal experiences that have shaped me as an individual. It is a powerful tool that reminds me to live in the present while preserving the past.

Photo | Ronalyn Santos

Beyond being a hobby, photography has become a way for me to preserve spontaneous moments, foster creativity, and document the growth around me. Whether it’s through candid photographs or meticulously planned shots, I am able to freeze time, creating visual reminders that I can revisit whenever I want.

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