Monday, June 22, 2009
This photo brought about a new kind of pressure.
I was happily clicking away at the Osprey on the rocks at Mooloolaba, when a bloke politely enquired if my camera was digital, and would I mind taking a photo of them releasing a balloon.
Anne and Frank explained that they'd lost a child, Jessica, through miscarriage, and she would have been one that day, so they had driven to the coast with their son to release a balloon in her memory as part of their reflection.
Being drawn into such a personal moment didn't help with the nerves, so I rattled off a few shots to try to make the most of the conditions, thankfully I decided not to use the flash to fill in the shadows, as I may well have missed the shot during the recovery time. Anne was clearly as nervous as I, and released the balloon a little early, or some may argue at exactly the right moment!
Thank-you to Anne and Frank for allowing me into their lives for a few minutes, and also for their permission to post this photo here.