Sadly, I didn't use to value bringing my camera with me on travels and celebrations much earlier. Tons of good moments are lost that way, or at least fairly inaccessible, reduced to dim memory. My firm conviction was that it would «ruin the experience» of the moment. I’ve recently changed my position on this completely. Added documentation enriches the moment, not only its posterity.
A great photographer brings his camera with him or her everywhere, including the bathroom and in bed.
Yes, I, procuring audio and video recording equipment has been a tremendous success already.