When I first started exploring photography as a career, I brought my camera out all the time. And my family was kind enough to be my willing models. Then as time went on, this exciting new world of photography became my full time job and I started to get a little bit cranky about shooting “off the clock”.
As it does.
Good changes and bittersweet ones.
Then the dread turned to remorse. I wish I’d had my “good camera” out for X Y, & Z. My job entails documenting the lives of others and in my own life there were these gaps. So I decided to stop grieving the past and make a change. I couldn’t change the past but I could plan differently for the future. For my Dad’s recent birthday, I went over with my “good camera” and was purposeful to get images of him. Not of him serving or in the background as he usually is, but him in the spotlight.
I don’t want to take my today for granted and I don’t want to miss out on capturing those closest to me. I’ve recently been reminded of what a vapor this life is. So whatever my today looks like, I want to express gratitude for it. Because when this time passes, there will be something about this season I will miss.
Thanks Dad for being a great model back when I first started photography and up until now. I’m glad for these photos, but I’m also glad for what they represent: quality Daddy daughter time that I chose to be present for and capture with my “good camera” And that is priceless.