When I was choosing the photo of the day today, I was thinking about what experience means… So I came across this quotation from Eleanor Roosevelt. She said:

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

I found the first lady’s aphorism powerful because, well, it’s true.

For me, that passion has always been photography and adventure. It’s easy to forget that the point of photography isn’t just about capturing amazing pictures, or landing major clients, or seeing your work on the cover of major magazines. But photography’s most vital purpose—the one Roosevelt, I believe, is referring to—is to have the experience of making photographs. To live life through the experiences had and discovered in doing what you love.

Because of photography, I’ve motivated myself out of bed before sunrise hundreds of times. I’ve been fortunate enough to have experienced some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets, and lived some of the fullest, most rewarding days in between. But sometimes those days come without even capturing a single portfolio-worthy image. Does that diminish the experience? No!

Any day that I find myself in an amazing location, with the people I love and my camera in tow—that’s a good day. And if I can get a decent photograph, all the better.

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