Something I have always struggled with ever since picking up my first camera as a teenager has been when to put the camera down. As a father of two this dilemma has only grown and become more complicated. There is a constant struggle with the decision to capture memories of the days event or to leave the camera behind and immerse myself in all the fun. Over the past 3 years we have spent a lot of time at many of the various local zoos with our kids. A common occurrence at all of the zoos we visit seems to be that the parent taking photos, takes all their families photos for the day. This means not only are they unable to be fully present to enjoy this valuable family time but they are left out from being photographed. When their kids look back on these photos 20 years from now mom or dad will not be in any of the photographs. For these reasons and so many more, I would love to change this for families that value both photography and being included in the memories captured within the picture.
Here is the story of the Gledhill’s visit to the Toronto zoo.