Photograph for The Moment
Documenting Life with The Gear You Have
Life is all about balance but what exactly does it mean to photograph for the moment? It means capture, while still being present. It means finding balance between wanting to capture every second possible and setting the big camera down and being part of the moment. As documentary photographers we’ve made it our job to tell our story through pictures, as artists we strive to tell our story in a beautiful and creative manner but sometimes we get too caught up in the fancy stuff, and we need to take a step back and insert ourselves back into the moment. That doesn’t mean not taking pictures at all, quite the opposite. It means knowing when to take the big camera out and when to leave it behind. It means knowing how to work with the equipment you always have on hand, knowing how to use it to capture beautiful images that you can cherish in a way that allows you to quickly capture the moment and then get right back to enjoying it.
I think photographing for the moment makes us more mindful as not only artist but as participants in the moment. Shooting with our phone or point and shoot camera pushes us as artists because we aren’t relying on the fancy equipment to create. Sometimes it’s ok to leave the big camera at home, sometimes it’s necessary. Utilize the everyday equipment, learn it, create with it. There is no wrong way to document life.
Clarice Clifton, of Clarice Clifton – Photographer, a 25 year old hobbyist photographer, is a stay at home mom and wife who is currently residing in Northern Virginia. She is a contributor for Cavan Images and spends her days chasing tiny humans and documenting the moments she doesn’t want to forget.