Have you ever had second thoughts about capturing a moment? Maybe you are like me and don’t want to hold up the crowd you’re with. Well, let me tell you a little story about how this photo right here came to be?
After the day was all said and done, I remember we packed up our equipment and were driving down the driveway. My assistant and I reminisced on how great of a day it was as I looked back at the farm and saw it. It was picture perfect! The farm, the starry night, the tent all lite up. I thought to myself, “Should I stop and take a night shot? I’d have to get all of my equipment out. Set up the tripod.” I immediately remembered when I was told by a wiser much more experienced photographer, “If you think about taking a photo of something, take it. You might regret not taking it later.” So I got out of my car, set up my tripod and took the extra time to photograph this image. This one image has been an image that to this day as received the most likes and one I am most delighted with. Not to mention the couple and their family and friends were so grateful for capturing their family farm.
So how do you get past the insecure feeling of not wanting to capture the memory or subject? For me, I don’t want to look back one day and regret not capturing a moment. I love to look through photos of events or just friends and family and live those moments again through the photos. Sometimes…most times I fill my phone with garbage photos. Other times, I have so many awesome memories in my possession I am so thankful that I took them. This quote always resonated with me when I am unsure of when I should capture a moment.
“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.” -Franz Kafka