Life behind the lens
Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Sometimes you need to put the camera down.
“Where's your camera?”
When I first started shooting professionally I never put the camera down. Ok. Maybe that's an exaggeration. Surely, I put it down sometimes. But I hardly went anywhere without it. Especially if there was a big event. This went on for years. Then something happened. One day I was at event with a bunch of my friends. Of course I had my camera. I spent the day blissfully photographing my friends and everything going around around me. It wasn't until I went home later and went on to social media and realized that my friends had been taking photos too. Photos of themselves and each other together having a great time. I was no where to be found. As a matter of fact, I never even saw these photos happening. I was too busy photographing other things and starring through a lens that can only focus on one thing, that I missed everything else going on. I wasn't there.
The next big event I went to following this massive discovery was a convention. I left my camera at home. I knew MANY people at this event and ALL of them asked me where my camera was. One even went as far as to accuse me of no longer being a professional if I didn't bring my camera with me. I ignored that. Funny thing. That was the convention that I met my boyfriend of the past 4 years. I'm convinced that if I had brought my camera I wouldn't have met him. I may not have even noticed him.
The big take away for me was realizing that life behind the lens has to be a balance. I have to live and experience things in order to be inspired and learn to be a better photographer.