The Story Behind “Dad’s Heart and Hat!
What do you have to do to get to the moment? Will you go with the crowd or find another way?
On Labor Day at was at a festival in Naperville, Illinois. It is a suburb of chicago. I am in the arcade game area which had a narrow passage. Ahead of me I saw a man with a great hat on. I could not get a good angle on him from where I was and he was working his way through the crowd. I had to get ahead of him if I wanted the shot.
My only path was around and not through. I had to leave the main path and get up into a grass hill between the main path and local buildings. I trotted my way up and around to get to where he would be coming through the crowd.
He saw me coming around and he knew my intentions. What I did not know is he was with his kids and wanted them in the shot. The crows was moving constant and there was only a moment to shoot this.
The dad was absolutely beaming as he held his kids close in the brief moment we had. Nothing to direct, his heart created the composition.
Sometime the actual shot is your subject bringing it, but you have to get there to make the moment exist. That requires hustle.
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