My 3-year-old son informed us that he was going to go for a walk for my wife and I thought it would be a good idea to tag along :). On the way out the door, at the last second, I grabbed my camera, and realized that not so long ago I would have left it at home. Instead I ended up with a dozen decent photos.

Until fairly recently I didn’t carry my DSLR very much. Unless I was at an event or a photowalk it spent most of the time in a camera bag. I was actually a bit embarrassed to be the weird guy with the big camera. Having a child definitely changed this. I’m not really concerned what other people think any more. It’s my kid, my camera, and damn-it I’m going to take some pictures! Since I now keep a camera within reach about 99% of the time I haven’t really been taking any many more pictures, but the quality and ratio of my keepers has increased pretty significantly. I used to share about one out of every hundred photos. Now I share about half of them. Before I started taking my camera along everywhere I go, at least once a day I would think, “That would make a great picture.”  Now I don’t have any excuse to miss catching an important event.

Keeping a camera in my hand has also changed the way I look at the world.  I used to ignore most of what happened around me.  My mind often drifted off to things I was supposed to be do later or to what I would rather be doing. Now I live much more in the moment. There are so many interesting things happening all around us all the time and all we have to do is pay attention.