A Nikon D3000: 400$
Driving to a pretty place: 15$
Getting people to be comfortable around a big, fat camera: hard work
The moment: Priceless.
How about those moments when you capture a person completely off guard? No posing, no fake smiles, no instruction on where to stand- how to lean, where to place your hands... It's all real. You just capture people living. Living and being and breathing. Most of the time it begs a story. Lots of times it makes you want to laugh. Other times it's just outstanding. Every time: it's priceless. It's not something that can be recreated, which makes the picture a once in a lifetime shot. Being the photographer who is blessed so much as to be allowed in these moments is a kind of "blow my mind" way to live.
YAY for those moments!