When I tell people that I am a photographer there is often an interesting reaction. Almost immediately the person will whip out their smartphone and show me some of their own photographs. I love this! They will beam with pride as they scroll to their favorite picture, one they are especially proud of . . . golden light on fall leaves, the sweet smile of a child, a scenic view.
It makes me happy to pay attention to others in this way – to celebrate the joy of photography without critiquing or analyzing. The shared love of photographs is one of the simplest and most sincere ways to connect with another person, and a perfect gift.