Nice pictures! Bet you have a super fancy camera...

If I had a dollar for every time I heard this phrase I'd be holding the new camera lens that I covet so much. Folks seem to think that the camera does all the work in photography. They couldn't be further from the truth.

Just as the horse doesn't do all the work when it's being ridden, the camera isn't 100% in control of whether a photograph is a beautiful work of art or a shot destined for the digital trash can. It's who is behind the camera. It's where they are, what they see and most importantly timing!

I can have the fanciest camera on the planet but if I press the shutter 5 minutes too late then my sunset photo very well could not have the same "pizzazz" as the one taken by my friend who arrived earlier with their point and shoot camera. A lot of photography depends on being at the right place at the right time. Knowing when to take advantage of the "golden hour" to get those beautiful evening shots of your family. Knowing just how far you need to hike off the beaten path to find that beautiful field of wildflowers.

You don't need a fancy camera. You need to get out there, find some cool stuff to photograph and go for it! Don't be discouraged if every shot isn't gallery worthy- the pros don't even achieve that level of success. Celebrate those awesome shots that you do get. Photographs capture memories and tell stories. 

What's the story you want to tell?