Sarah and I took our eldest son Finlay to see Disney on Ice at the Sheffield Arena on Sunday. Firstly and before I start, id just like to say to any parents uming and ahhing over whether to take their children along to the show - do it! If they have any interest in the themes at the show then they'll love it - its worth every penny.
However, one thing occurred to me whilst we sat there enchanted - and yes, I said 'we' there as it made Sarah and myself feel like kids ourselves! The sheer number of adults there with their children who instead of enjoying the show were filming and photographing it on their smartphones. Terrible idea! Stop! Firstly you are never going to get a decent enough image from the stands to make anything out - we've all seen those photos your friends have taken at gigs and festivals and had to have explained that that dot in the middle ('no - THAT dot!') was Taylor Swift. They're no good so if you want a good image to show your friends what the show was like I suggest going on the official website and viewing the official photos from previous shows as they will capture the magic and awe of these performances in high definition quality - similarly if its a video you're after go to youtube and view the ones there done by the promotors.
Secondly though, by filming and photographing the show you're missing the best bit - the look on your children's faces when their Disney heroes come out onto the ice! Finlay loves Toy Story and Cars - and this was the reason we went. So when Woody and Buzz came zooming out he was beside himself to see them in the flesh and when Lightning McQueen and Mater came out he was jumping up and down with excitement - and because I didn't have my phone in my hand I saw that excitement and will never forget it.
There are events in life that deserve to be photographed - frozen in time and captured in print for you and the generations to come. But there are also those times when you should put the camera (phone) down, see it through your own eyes rather than a camera lens, and enjoy the moment - remembering it as it was in real life - and thats coming from a photographer!