Last week, PADF challenge winner Jennie Kemmerer mentioned that she wished her photo was carefully composed and thought out.
However, there is no reason a carefully composed and thought out photo is better. In fact, often it's the spontaneous moments that are the ones most worth capturing, and the photos that come out best.
Even if a photo feels like it was a lucky catch, as you learn and practice and become more experienced, that all comes into play along with your intuition as a parent which turns the "odds" in your favor.
The better you get, the "luckier" you get.
Last weekend, I took Liam out for some one-on-one time that I feel like he has been needing, what with all the recent big changes.
Who am I kidding? I really needed it too.
We headed out to a museum, had a picnic in the park, and then jumped on a bus to go to an event his school had organized.
While we were waiting for the bus, we were talking and giggling, so I pulled out my camera and captured the moment - totally spontaneous and unplanned (complete with uneaten grape in the side of his mouth!) Setting up photos like this just wouldn't have the same meaning to me at all.
Certain types of photos can be planned, for sure, but as a parent photographing my kids I prefer to go with the flow for a more genuine experience all round.