One of the things I love about photography is that it forces your to live in the moment. For one, because if you take the type of photographs that I like to take, it requires paying attention to the daily mundane details we often overlook. It involves being present and aware of the ordinary in order to find, and remember to appreciate, its inherent beauty. Also, because nowhere like in photography do you get to experience the uniqueness of a moment.
These photos were a trial run for the family self portrait. The setting and dates were prepared and planned, the technical mistakes noted and would be corrected. I was super excited about and really looked forward to it, but we never had another sunset like that. All the following nights were cloudy and the volcano was hardly visible. So there, THAT was the moment, there wasn't another one like it.
Too often we take things for granted. Too often we think "I'll do it later" unaware that the opportunity will not present itself again.
So that is my two pennies, advice from me to you for free to think about over the weekend: live it like you'll never get that time back again......because you won't.