I am not going to lie, as a professional photographer and film maker, the last thing that I want to do on my time off is to pick up my camera and take photos. When my kids have a school function, I do not typically bring out my camera like other parents do. Instead, I pull my iPhone out for one shot, from wherever I sit, and that is it-the event has been documented. The same goes for family functions, birthday parties, etc. I compare it to the plumber who has a leaky toilet and the handyman whose house is in shambles-we all want and need our time off. Now don’t get me wrong, we have plenty of photos of our kids. I have created things for them that make my commercial clients wanting the same production value (see short film posted at the bottom of this page).
However, what I realized the other night, is that I risk missing out on capturing so many memories for myself and my family when I avoid taking out my camera. My son Ryan was playing a hockey game at the Canadian Tire Centre (where the Ottawa Senators play). This was already the fourth time he has played here in his short 3 year career. As we were leaving the house, I asked him if he wanted me to bring a camera or just watch his game. Since he has played here already a few times, I honestly hoped and believed that he was going to reply “forget the camera” but he didn’t. Instead, he answered “Can you bring one and take a couple of shots, Dad?” I immediately started thinking about which camera and lens to bring, the shooting, the editing, the work…but I replied “of course I will bring one” and thank God I did. Not only did I enjoy photographing his game but I have captured a memory for him and our family for a lifetime. This moment helped me to realize that what I do for my family, and for all of the clients that I work with, is a gift…a gift that I should not under appreciate. Ryan’s team won. He also had one of his best games of the season, scoring four points. However, none of that would likely have been remembered in 5+ years from now, if I had not brought my camera with me. Below are some of the pics that I captured that night, and yes, my family and I will cherish these memories forever.