Common Photography Excuses and Misconceptions

I’m a photographer by hobby as well as by profession (at least part-time) and I love to take as many pictures as I can. However, I’ve noticed a couple of common photography-related excuses and misconceptions that even I fall subject to every now and then.

The Importance of Documenting Everyday Moments – Have you ever said any of these statements?

  • “I don’t want to carry a heavy camera around all day!”

I love the shots that I can get with my big, heavy digital SLR, but some outings just aren’t SLR-friendly. But that shouldn’t be an excuse to not take photos. Almost everyone I know these days has a decent camera on their cell phone, and I rarely see anyone without their phone. Although cell phone shots aren’t as high-quality as your typical camera shot, phone photos are sometimes my favorites because they catch spontaneous life as it happens.

  • “Someone else will be taking pictures. I’ll just use theirs.”

I have said this one too many times. Inevitably, when I have relied on someone else’s pictures, I have either had to wait and pester for copies (not very fun) or I’ve been disappointed in the results. Of course, it’s wonderful to share and swap photos when you’re with friends or family, but I try not to rely on anyone else to preserve MY memories. After all, we each see and experience the same situations through different eyes.

  • “My pictures never turn out very good. That’s why I never take any.”

When it comes to documenting life and family, quality just doesn’t matter. The key is to document the events and people that are important to you. I promise that finding even a blurry shot of a loved one long gone is beyond precious and priceless.

  • “I don’t want to get in the way.”

I have fallen into the timid photographer roll too many times, and I have witnessed many people likewise foregoing photos because they don’t want to interrupt or assert themselves. In these cases, I try to remember that casual, candid photos are sometimes even better than the planned, posed shots. Let your subjects continue doing whatever they are doing, step back, and simply capture the moment without interrupting at all.

  • “I just want to have a good time and not worry about taking pictures.”

Sometimes it’s ok to put the camera down and simply ENJOY. However, this excuse, when used too often, leads to many missed memories caught on “film.” Even a photo or two of an event is better than nothing.

  • “Nothing really exciting is going on. Why take a picture?”

This last excuse breaks my heart. I’ve found that my most treasured photos of my kids are not the Christmas morning pictures or the staged portraits, but the candid photos caught at the park, or the quiet moments captured while Daddy read the kids a book.

No moment is too small to capture.

Written by Lolli, mom of 5, blogger, and photographer. You can find Lolli blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5. All photos in this post were captured with Lolli’s phone.