Pushed to make a photograph, I often find difficulty. I need time to think. To compose. To envision the photograph so that I know what I am working towards. Some people just want a memory captured. Sometimes, art needs to be set aside and the photograph just needs to be utilitarian. Today I was tasked with taking a memory of a man and his friends. He did not care about lighting, or mood, or composition. He just wanted the memory captured. Him. His friends. In their place. So I made the picture. Basic lighting was employed. It is not art. But sometimes that doesn't matter. Up until this moment, it was difficult for me to understand this. Not every photograph is a stepping stone to a better portfolio. BUT a photograph can be a happy memory, and I guess that that matters more.