Sometimes the best pictures happen when you don’t plan them at all. Like this picture of my friend Jocelyn. It is one of my favourite portraits so far. We went out to a local organic farm to pick up some fresh veggies when we spotted these beautiful tall red flowers in the fields. First came out the phones and then I went to car to get my camera. We only snapped a few pictures while catching up on gossip and this is the result. Make sure you have your camera handy to capture your every day life moments.
My brother just sent me a text message with great news. Little Ondrej was born a few days earlier than expected and I am overwhelmed with emotions. Where did the time go? It feels like yesterday when we were growing up in the same room bugging each other every day. Nobody knew that our lives will take us to different parts of world and we won’t see each other for 8 years. That’s a lot, especially when we were only entering our twenties. Now, 20 years later, we live far apart again. I am happy in Canada, while the rest of my family including my brother live back in Slovakia. I tried to come home as often as I can, and every time I get home there is a new member in family or more wrinkles on my parents faces. One or two years apart is a long time and you start seeing small changes that you wouldn’t notice if you were around your loved ones every day. I learned to enjoy our time when we are all together, as I don’t know if there will be another one. As a photographer I learned one thing, to snap as many pictures as I can. I might drive them nuts sometimes with my camera in their faces all the time, but the pictures are gaining the value with time. They remind us the stories and moments that would be forgotten otherwise. Good ones or bad ones, they are the memories. The memories that I print and hang on the wall for everybody else to see.
It’s going to be a while before I will meet my little nephew, but when I will, I make sure I will capture those first moments and laughs together.