When I look at this photo, I see all of its technical imperfections. I'm kicking myself that I used a depth of field too shallow to get everyone in focus. Out of the 100+ photos I took in a short period of time, this one had the best expressions. I see how much practice I would need to get the kind of portrait shots I ooh and aah over.
When my mother-in-law looks at this photo, she is thrilled to have a photo of all of her grandsons together for the first time. Ranging in age from 12 to <2 years old, the youngest was born while we were living in Italy. She doesn't care if the focus isn't spot on. What matters to her is having the faces of her grandchildren captured, together.
As photographers and artists, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that perfection is not the goal. The moment, captured with all its imperfections, is the true prize. Like Misty Croney's image below, where the excitement of losing those teeth is the most important thing to capture.
Capturing a moment perfectly is the ideal. Let's not miss the moments though, in our search for perfection.
kat of The Kat Eye View of the World
tooth fairy by Misty Croney