As a photographer, I love taking pictures. But even I must admit that there are some days when I’m just tempted to leave my camera at home and try to just enjoy a day out. Last week we had the pleasure of my Nan visiting from England and we used that as an excuse to plan a few day trips to come of our favourite places and also arrange to meet up with my Godfather who lives in Germany and who we’ve not seen since the wedding. I took my camera with me on a couple of our days out and I’m so glad I did. It reminded me of why I still love photography.
It’s times like these that remind me why I fell in love with photography in the first place. I’m not going to deny that I do love a good landscape, and I’ll always try and capture the beauty of a location the way that I see it. But for me, what is even more special is capturing pictures of the people I love. Having pictures of the most special people in my life, of them smiling and laughing. It sounds so cliche but pictures really do have that magic ability to freeze time and every time you look at them, they transport you back to that moment. They remind you of what was said that made you burst out laughing. The remind you of standing in the rain and getting soaked but not even caring because you were having fun.
So even though some days where I’m tempted to leave my camera at home, I’ll keep reminding myself of these moments. And the many more that are to come. And I’ll keep taking pictures. Not because they are going to be the best pictures I’ve ever taken, but because they remind me of all of the wonderful people in my life and all of the wonderful places I’ve been.
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