The shoot was over. We got some great images. The mother, grandmother, and I were standing in the driveway visiting just before I was to leave. And then Ethan came out to play some golf, unaware of us standing there – it was his time now.
And there was this shot. The lighting was perfect. The story was perfect. The background was perfect. The colors were perfect. And I still had my camera on in my hands. Without a word to the mother and grandmother – I dashed away from our conversation to capture this shot.
This has become one of my favorite shots, and each time I see it, I think about how happy I was that I stayed ready Â – even when the shoot was officially over.
Part of why I wanted to start with this “lesson,” is because it perfectly introduces you to my all-time favorite photography book. It is not your traditional photography book. It is not a technical journal. It is not a coffe table book. But it has given me more practical advice than any other photography book I have read. It has given me easy-to-remember nuggets to carry with me in my photography journey, and to me, the book is worth its weight in gold.
The book is “The Moment It Clicks” by Joe McNally. It is a joy to read and is written in a way that really speaks to me. I carry his words with me always, and it will not be the last time you hear about Joe’s advice in one of my shop talks!
On pages 14-15, his nugget is “Don’t pack up till you leave.” Was I ever glad that I followed his advice! And I hope that you do too. Whether your love is photography or rock collecting – always be ready until you leave. You just never know when you will find a treasure…