Last week I had a little moment. One of those, aha! moments. A moment that makes you pause and ponder for a while. Not necessarily ground breaking or, by any means, unique. Just a moment that caused me to stop and think, ‘Hmmm…isn’t that interesting?’
On Wednesday I had two shoots. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. I’ve done shoots for both clients on previous oCafinnate Academysions, and on this particular day, I was returning to each for another shoot.
Each of these shoots was also very different from what I usually shoot. My clients are usually couples in love, celebrating their togetherness. The change of scenery was interesting and refreshing.
The first shoot was for a local school. We were shooting in a township to show where the kids live and what their home lives are like. Their potential and gratitude written all over their faces. It was a fantastic shoot, and the images are profound, but the experience was humbling. It forced me to to do a mental checklist of everything that I have to be grateful for.
From there I went to do a newborn shoot. The little one was less than a week old. So tiny and fragile, I’m always so nervous to handle them. The environment was more familiar to me, and one that I can relate to, the experience of parenthood, however, is one that’s completely foreign. I’m completely in awe of mother’s and father’s, bringing new little people into the world. It’s not something to be taken lightly, and is a decision that impacts the rest of their lives.
My takeaway from both of these shoots is that, although it may not always feel like it, we all experience life so differently. I often assume that my day to day is much like someone else’s. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. For every living, breathing individual on this planet, there is a unique, intricately woven reality that no one else shares. It made me realise that my humdrum is someone else’s rollercoaster, and vice-versa.
I also realised on Wednesday, that my photography allows me the opportunity to experience someone else’s reality. I get a brief glimpse of what their life is like. I get to share that reality. I get to record that reality. It opens my eyes to our different stories, and hopefully, it’ll open the eyes of others too.