This photo is not perfect. The sky is over exposed, there is no real “focus” and the depth of field is all wrong.
Let me tell you why this imperfect photo is perfect.
Sarah, the woman standing cradled in the mans arms, is my co worker. She is the mother of the two girls playing. Sarah was diagnosed with cancer earlier this week. Brain cancer. I offered to photograph her and her family so she has these little tokens to hang on to when she faces her battle with this cancer.
We spent most of our time posing, faking smiles, and making sure we captured images of everyone looking happy. Then we took a break while I decided to swap out some of my gear. I was up higher on the beach with my camera bag, and Sarah and her family were down close to the water. I look up, and I see this unfolding before me, and I just pulled my camera up focused my zoom lens and fired away. I didn’t have time for metering, and changing this setting and that setting, and making sure everything was perfect.
I love this photograph, because I think it is the most authentic thing I shot all day.