ThatTeenPhotographer wrote in post #13063743
I'm planning on shooting many youth events this year, being one of the youth I'm already attending the events and the leaders greatly appreciate their being good photos to show what we're doing! Since I'm already attending the events it doesn't take hardly any of my time, and I'm there for the whole thing (week long mission trips anyone?).
I've done lots of week long mission trips. But I've never photographed them. I've always immersed myself into the mission and work. Having my gear with me would (1) distract me from the real reason I am there and (2) give me something to have to worry about (security, the elements, etc.).
I find that I personally tend to have a hard time photographing something and also fully participating in it. If it's just a matter of trying to capture a few shots throughout the event, that's one thing. But if its trying to photographically document it, I have a hard time balancing that.