Outtakes: Because Not Every Moment Is Picture Perfect

We’ve been lucky and had some pretty amazing adventures, ones that have allowed us to bring home albums of incredible photos – from the edge of cliffs to inside caves to the base of waterfalls to the depths of towering canyons.

But, there are plenty of times that things aren’t picture perfect. When it rains for hours, and keeps us in a tiny tent (which ended up being super fun, anyway).  Or, when we drive for hours, anticipating and hoping for a perfect view of a certain area, only to run into a wicked little snowstorm.

That just happened. As we drove through Monument Valley. One minute the iconic rocks were in view, snagging low-hanging clouds as they moved past.  The next, it was like the entire collection of rocks had been wiped clean.

That’s what happens when I jump, like a spaz. I scare the rocks. And they hide.

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And just like that, my scary jump spooked Monument Valley. Or, a snowstorm rolled in.

Lots of photos are perfect. They capture just the right moment. But they can’t all be. Anyone who scrolls through Instagram should know that people, places and things just aren’t that perfect all the time. Filters and photo editing tools shape what we see, more often than we know. And that’s hard to remember sometimes.

That whole idea, and knowing that some photos seem too good to be true, made me think about the outtakes. The photos that don’t get shared, but are instead kept close. The ones that didn’t work out as we had hoped.

When your eyes are closed or you hate your hair. Or you’re laughing so hard your chin looks weird. Or you didn’t suck in. Or something’s covering your face, or the lighting is bad, or you’re talking, or you don’t know someone is taking a photo at all.

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But, aren’t those photos still great? They captured moments that’ll never happen again. No matter what. It’s one of the reasons I love my Pixel, which backs up directly to Google – I’ll never run out of room. (Not a plug, legit love).

Because, I want to capture as many moments as possible before they pass. Even the ones that don’t “work out.” Because the moment in those photos was just right.

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