For anyone that knows me, NOT having my camera or at least my phone camera with me is NOT often. This day was different.....I was taking "the day off" from being "the photographer" as we celebrated my husband's military promotion at the Pentagon. I had a plan, I hired a professional photographer and she knew exactly what I wanted to capture so I was just enjoying the event. I brought my camera for "afterwards"......and that is where the "missed moment" happened.
Imagine walking down the halls of the Pentagon on a "tour" with your husband and family and running into someone that works in the Air Force Chief Of Staffs Office. We were trying to be very quiet as we walked down the ever so important hall of prestigious people when out of the blue we were asked "what's the special occasion for this tour?" My husband answered and the next thing I knew we were in "the official office." You would think that taking photos in his office would be off limits, but at that moment she said "who has a camera............"..........wellllllllll my heart sank.
Rewind to the beginning of the tour....both the professional photographer and I had left our bags in my husbands office because seriously WHY would there EVER be a reason to need a camera in the Pentagon? I know the rules and that is one that I am not willing to break and let's face it carrying around all that professional gear in high heels did NOT excite me so I left my gear and headed out for the tour.
Flash forward...."does anyone have a camera?" OH MY GOSH you have GOT to be kidding me....I could have taken professional grade photos in the Air Force Chief of Staffs Office. Really, what would the chances of that be? Yes, that is exactly what I am thinking....about as great as the guy who stands at the top of the escalator with the machine gun smiling and saying "cheese" while I snapped a photo! ;) NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.....
I know you're on pins and needles wondering so what in the world did she do? At that moment my brother in law Chad saved the day....he had his phone in his pocket and for that I will be EVER so grateful. Here you can see the photo of our son and my husband proudly standing and sitting at the "desk" of the highest decision maker in the whole United States Air Force. Even though I didn't have my "fancy camera" I realized that just getting the shot is more important then missing it!
I always strive for perfection with photography, but sometimes I think we need to step back and think about just documenting the moment for future generations to enjoy. I don't mean the wall quality photo shoots, but the every day this is what happened and WOW wasn't that cool moments. I would urge you to snap away...we're in the digital age and the worst that can happen is you decide..hmmm I don't like that image and hit the delete button. ;)
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