Why is it that those of us with a professional trade make our families wait so long for the very thing we do for everyone else? Hopefully this doesn’t hold true for brain surgeons as well.
I can say that for photographers, there is also another element at work here. It has something to do with how crappy photos look right after you’ve shot them. Simple fix, you just let them sit for a week or two, sometimes a month…or five, and they look completely different.
Made this photo of my daughter Skye back in October, and just now getting around to editing it. Of course, when it’s your own kid, you also make darn sure they look good during editing. Gotta make sure that 6 grand worth of orthodontic work shines through every smile, and that forehead tattoo takes a long time to edit out too (just kidding, I might add one though for a laugh).
So, yeah, this does look much different 5 months after it was shot. If only every photo got better the longer it sat; I’d just go back to the beginning of my photographic inventory and be amazed.
Guess the point I’m trying to make is: don’t let those photos of your loved ones sit in your camera for TOO long. Take them out, print them, post them, share them, let them live the life photos were meant to live.