Family holidays can be a difficult balancing for any photography enthusiast. The problem is that my wife (yes, she does usually come up with these things!) has a terrible habit of arranging fantastic holidays in locations that are amazing for photography – could any photographer with a love for the urban environment really resist the allure of New York?
Switching off the photography brain completely and just enjoy the time together as a family is very difficult. There is always something to shoot and it can be very difficult to watch these opportunities slide by. I mean, I don’t know if I will ever be in the place again so how could I repel the need to photograph it?
In the build up to our trip I genuinely wrestled with the idea going camera free and relying solely on my smartphone. It was only around a week before we departed that I relented and decided to take along my Fujifilm x-t2 with a couple of prime lenses (the 23mm f2 and 50mm f2).
It should come as no surprise that I am delighted to have caved in and took my camera. Even this kit was limiting for me so I can only imagine how frustrated I would have been with only a phone to work with. Nonetheless, I still managed to take over 800 photographs so I guess the gear I had worked well enough!
What is your experience of family holidays as a photographer? Can you manage to completely switch off or, like me, do you find yourself ‘photography brain’ constantly on?