Well I have been trying really hard lately to NOT take a camera everywhere we go. I’ve been trying to just go out and enjoy the moment, without thinking about composition, framing, lighting, backgrounds etc etc- I am sure you get the idea. It’s been difficult because I do tend to see moments (anywhere at anytime) as pictures…images or art. One of my common utterances would have to be “Oh that would make a great photo..see how her back is facing …..etc etc yadda yadda”! My long suffering and very understanding husband nods and smiles.
So on some of our family outings as my own challenge I have left the camera at home,(gasp! and yes it was hard to cut the cord!!!!!). I did this to be IN the moment as an active participant, not hiding or popping in and out from behind the camera. To be there with and for my family to enjoy the fun and laughter, the screams and cries (well actually I DON’T enjoy that part!!). This is not to say I still don’t see pictures in my head, or regret not having my camera- but it’s a challenge that is worth it.
It’s useful on a number of levels, but particularly:
- my family are so over photographed and its good just to be with them instead of clicking at them, its good to be able to lift them (the kidlets that is!) on or off playground equipment without my lenses or heavy equipment hanging off me.
- it confirms my love for moments and the importance of moments as images.
When I am on a session -I respect your moments, the moments you might miss while you are in them.
I love it when clients are surprised and amazed at the beauty in themselves when they forgot I was there.
I love what I do- and I love that it gives people pleasure and wall prints or albums that last generations and are looked at by many.
Yes, I’ve gone off on a tangent there- just realised…but it’s my blog so I can if I want to