One Moment Danced ...
My little one is growing up. She's becoming a young lady and a beautiful performer. I may need to do a series of photos just from her years in the Nutcracker!
And I do want to gripe just a bit. I brought my camera to the performance hoping I'd hear those magic words: "No flash photography." And I did! Those words are my magic because I do NOT use flash (and truly hate it when all cameras are penalized because of those who). So when I hear that, it's equal to saying, "Go ahead! Take all the photos you want as long as you don't use flash."
There was one lady evidently with the production (she had a name tag, but I couldn't read the name) who REALLY DID NOT LIKE ME taking those photos. But far beyond me, she made quite the scene ... kept turning around, glaring, and giving very loud "SHHHH"s and even imitating me by saying something ... I heard "CLICK! CLICK! CLICK!" being uttered between other loud whispers I tried to ignore. It's one thing when a camera makes a natural noise, and completely another when a human imitates, shushes, stares, glares, and turns around constantly.
I'm guessing it's people like her who are behind all the "NO _____" rules. I would like to say that I am also not obtrusive like some can be (and I've heard used as a reason why cameras aren't allowed) ... I just sit in my seat and capture what I can. Why? Because of the above. This is how I experience these things best - behind a lens, making memories for my loved ones and me to share.