So I have lost count of the amount of times someone has told me to appreciate the moment and not to just capture it on camera. I agree it is so easy to get lost on perfecting that ‘money shot’, the one that will get you the most likes on social media and recapture the best memories in the future when your mind is starting to forget.
Now I always take a few moments when faced with an something incredible to put my camera away.I want to experience it, and take everything in. But today when looking through some photographs for the first time since they were taking, all of two years ago I got to think about the things we maybe don’t always see in that moment. There is so much going on, we are trying to live in the present and get the perfect image that some times we miss something.
Something that if you are lucky enough, might be captured in your images for you to appreciate at a later date. A stranger understanding your joy of a moment, feeling your happiness and for a split second grasping your appreciation of this magical time and/or place. Or maybe an unexpected sneeze in some cases ;). Something that you would have missed had you not had your camera ready. Proof that we do need to capture those moments, not just so we can relive them at a later date but because sometimes they can make you appreciate the moment even more by capturing things that you missed at the time.