I've written about it before. But I love it when you plan for something and you get something unexpected - something better - instead. Our big dance recital was this weekend, and I like to take pictures of her and her BFF. This year the wind was blowing hard from the north. And there were people everywhere on our tiny university campus (where recital is held). I didn't get to shoot where I wanted (people had crowded around my favorite shooting spot in front of this building). Or when I wanted (we'd tried the day before but the sun wasn't cooperating and there was just too much going on). So here I was. Stuck with a situation I didn't want.
I wanted them to do a part from a duet they were performing. But the wind! I snapped it and said, "Forget it." And we moved on to something else. That night as I sorted through the 2,000 photos I'd taken, I came across it. It's not the best picture, but to me it captures everything about who they are, blowing hair and laughter. The freedom they feel and the friendship. And to think I nearly threw it away. Because their hair wasn't perfect. Because the moment wasn't perfect.
Once again it just goes to show: You can't always get what you want. But most of the time, you get what you need. Which is always better anyway.