One of my favorite quotes is from Ferris Buehler when he says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and awhile, you could miss it.” Cell phones have become quite advanced with the features they offer in taking photos and video. You can take high-quality shots, add filter effects, text and even music. What you might be doing is taking AWAY from the moment that you’re there for.
Please don’t misunderstand. If you’re specifically setting up a picture (which can get you better results than just trying to fix it with an editing program later) then, by all means, do so. If you’re at an event featuring someone important to you, and they look out on the field, into the audience; do you want them to see your smiling face or the back of a cell phone?
Hiring or even just asking someone else to take the photos/video for you at that event will let you focus on the person you’re there for. It will let that person know that you do care about them and that the opportunity to see that special moment and live in the moment will make a greater connection than sharing a video online.
Face Time. Making a personal connection without technology or obligation (implied or otherwise) in the way. The rewards are worth it.