This I have learned . . .


A Photography Experience to Remember. Sometimes, you just gotta take the shot . . .

I remember one of my first MITZI DESIGNS photography gigs. I was photographing these talented women who had just finished their entertainment performance at one of the galas I had the opportunity to photograph.

It seemed that they were very happy and genuinely satisfied with the way their performance went. Their enjoyment was apparent, and I wanted to capture that moment visually.

The room was filled to capacity. Any attempted movement of the scene would have lost the moment. There was very little time to get that shot before the evening’s agenda and schedule moved on.

In my presence, there was a, well, shall we say, a negative older gentleman. He was not too happy with the lighting and area in which the performers were situated and let that point be known to all who was around him.

I suppose he had a camera and was interested in taking a photo too.(?) You see, I didn’t look at him. I was too much into the enjoyment and smiles of the performers and in process of capturing that, that I didn’t care to pay any attention to his negativity.

Proudly in Business BadgeThe Performers were nicely poised and ready for the photo as they held their instruments proudly, showing off the beautiful artwork. It was the image I wanted to capture.

I say to myself . . .”No time to waste Mitzi, take that shot, or you’ll lose it.”

As I photographed the performers, I realized that all the while in the ‘background noise’, I continued to hear this person still grumbling about things (and things that could be fixed later) that weren’t as important as capturing that particular moment.

By the time I decided to turn around to see who was grumbling so much? He was gone. Just as well. I’m glad I never saw who it was. To have to put a face to that negativity would have been unsettling.

I was happy to have taken that photograph. At that time, and that area. The next day when I photo-edited that image for any lighting issues, it turned out not to be such an issue as he thought it would be, afterall.

To this day, that photograph remains one of my favourite photos, and moments in time. I’m not sure if it’s because Ol’grumpy kept going on about things you can’t change, and insisting that, ‘it will turn out to be a bad photo’, or for the main fact that it was and still is a good photograph!

I find that (some people in) the world of photography seem to walk around with a chip on their shoulders. Constantly talking about what kind of camera they have (the war between Nikon vs. Canon. And if you stand beside someone with the opposite brand to what you have, it’s on! Why is that?), or how they’ll only shoot in some special setting. That’s ok, if you’re shooting a bowl of fruit! But when it comes to formal occasions (with fast-moving schedules to keep), you have to be quick and fix things/settings as you go before you lose the moment. This I have learned.

And the ending to “One of my favourite photos” Story?

When all the commotion during the event had subsided and there was a break between events. I did move the performers to a much nicer setting, that was more ‘portrait-like’. It was staged, ‘like a bowl of fruit’. But again, I captured a beautiful image.


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