I have always dreamed of being a photographer... the main thing that’s stopped me from living my dream? Not owning a camera! I’ve always dreamed of owning a professional camera, something that for me has never been possible (yet!) due to financial reasons. Photography tends to be an extremely expensive hobby to have. I remember when I received my first point and shoot digital camera when I was younger. It was a Christmas gift, one that I had begged my family for relentlessly. My grandmother finally saved up for one, probably for quite a while I might add. I was ecstatic when I opened it. A few weeks after Christmas my mom was out of town and I had a few friends over. Things got “slightly” out of hand, and a few friends turned into an impromptu small party. When my best friend showed up I excitedly went to my room to show off my new camera... it was gone. Someone stole it! I was literally heartbroken, and my grandmother vowed to never buy me anything expensive ever again. In the following years I managed to get my hands on a few cheap cameras. I was always snapping pictures of everything, doing the best I could with the equipment I had. Despite my barely adequate cameras I discovered a had an eye for capturing awesome shots. That’s when I realized fancy equipment doesn’t necessarily make you into a photographer. You can own an expensive camera, even know how to use it properly... and still not have the ability to capture interesting, eye catching pictures.
What makes a moment special? More particularly, what makes a moment special enough to want to capture a photograph of it? I’m sure there are millions of possible answers. I bet if you ask this question to every person you meet, each answer would be just as unique as the individual answering.