As I continue to practice the art of photography I feel that I’ve come a long way. When I first started with this hobby I threw all my attention into composition. Composition, composition, composition. And while I still make those “compositional mistakes” I’ve also come to learn that there are just some things that are way more important than technical perfection. When I shoot these days I find that my favorite images are the ones that made me feel something personally. Whether it was a deep emotion or something that simply makes me giggle like a child, those are the shots that I really enjoy. And one such example is this fun photograph of my goddaughter Zoey. I was visiting her and trying to keep up with her while she ran around the house when I decided to keep my camera handy. It was a good day because she was really hamming it up in front of my lens. At one point while reviewing a couple of shots of her she suddenly wrapped herself in a curtain and repeatedly revealed herself with a “Ta-da!”. I thought it was one of the cutest things that she did that day so when she wrapped herself up again I started to raise my camera to try and get a good frame for shooting. But she caught me off guard and revealed herself quicker than the previous times so I fired off this shot. Initially I had the typical photographer thought of, “darn, I wish I had framed that better” but when I reviewed the shot I fell in love with it. Not because of exposure or composition or any of that technical stuff. But because of her beautiful smile that I was lucky enough to catch.
She just looked so happy that it warmed my heart. So even with the technical imperfections I already know that I’ll love this shot for as long as I have it (which will be for a very long time as long as my hard drives hold up). And hopefully I’ll be able to get more happy shots as she continues to grow.