Which lens? Flash? No flash?
I wasn't even certain where he'd be performing. The auditorium? The gym? I had no idea what the light was like in either.
I've helped so many moms with these decisions before. It was always so easy.
- Choose your fastest lens. Go with the 50mm if you have it.
- Bump up your ISO.
- Watch that your shutter speed is around 1/125th of a second so you stop motion.
- Shoot in Aperture Priority mode if you need to.
- Program is okay if you get flustered.
- Get the moment. Don't worry about switching lenses.
Why so hard this time? Why so hard when it was MY KID?
I needed to text all of the moms who've sent me texts and ask, "can you tell me what I told you then? I seem to be losing my mind."
Dad was late home. That didn't help my nerves. One of those things. Try not to react. Tonight is about Ian.
Bag packed. One camera. One flash. My 50mm on the camera. Wide angle packed just in case. Battery charged. Memory card cleared.
I walk in the gym. Immediately thought I should have brought the long lens. How will I see his adorable face? Too many people. Can't get close enough. There isn't even anywhere to sit! WHAT am I going to do. This is about Ian. This is about Ian. Just enjoy him.
We take him to prepare with his class for the big moment. When we return to the gym to await his appearance, the gym is clearing out. Perfect. Floor position. Up close. Right in the middle. Ahhh, 50mm won't be wide enough for all of them. Quick swap to wide angle. Meter. Good light. More than I expected. All set.
They arrive. Too cute for words. Big smiles, waves. I take pictures. Stop. I just want to see he his face. Take it all in. But I want to have photos. Snap. Adjust. Why am I adjusting? Shutter speed, what is that? I want pictures. I want to see it all. Ahhhh.
They're done. 5 minutes from entrance to exit. 38 photos. He's all smiles. I put the camera away.
I now understand what it is like to be a mom behind a camera at a school event. Weddings are easier.