When I launched this new website, and hence this new blog, I knew I needed to change. I knew I needed to make things a bit different.
But I find myself missing my Monday morning coffee time, and so here I am, with a daily dose of whatever runs through my mind. It is not meant to be a daily writing, but a dose of my thoughts, my dreams, & my life as it is happening from day to day.
I continue to work on my business, to find new ways to grow it, to share my love of photography with others as I see it through my lens and in my mind. I've done a lot of reading, searching Pinterest and Flickr, taking some online classes and listening to Podcasts.
I've come to the conclusion that I am a work in progress, my photography is a work in progress, as is my business. I know that it will never be completed while I am blessed to walk this planet. I know that I must continue to seek, to learn, to want, to write, to record and to listen.
Listen first of all to the voice within me. To know that God is in control and He is the head of this life journey. I must get into His word more and seek more of Him to be able to move forward with this gift He has created within me.
Listen to my surroundings and take it all in. To really be in the moment and not be afraid to capture what I hear through the lens of my camera and then to share with you how you see it.
This past Sunday our church was finally able to welcome home our new pastor. After months of delays and whatever else could be thrown in the mix, Pastor Dave stepped up into the pulpit and led us through Psalm 13.
I have been focused all week on verses 3-4.
"Take a good look at me, God, my God; I want to look life in the eye, so no enemy can get the best of me or laugh when I fall on my face."
I have been so guilty of taking my eyes off of Jesus and letting the enemy, so to speak, get inside my head & tell me that maybe I'm just not quite good enough, or maybe I might charge just a little too much, or maybe this or that or the other thing.
I needed to hear the words of Psalm 13, to be reminded that I can't do life without God. I can't focus, I can't hear, I can't do anything without letting Him be the lead and stay in the lead.
I continue to seek out inspiration. As I started reading a new book today by George Lange called, "The Unforgettable Photograph", these words spoke so much truth to me.
"The unforgettable photograph is one that makes that intimate connection understood - felt - by the viewer. It will always jump out at you from the hundreds you take."
I realized that I am looking in all the wrong places for affirmation of my work, that I am trying to hard to find "my style" and that I need look no further and I have my own style already. I know that I will always need to keep learning, to keep working to better my style, which is just that, my style! It may seem to mimic others, but it is from my heart and my head that it comes forth.
When I am shooting, and I truly put everything out of my mind other than what is right in front of me, I find that intimate connection with the subject and the connection of what is in my heart & mind when I download those pictures into my computer.
I set out to capture memories because I know the value of what is held in those pictures years later when that person is no longer here. I know the emotions evoked in my own mind when I look at pictures from years past of my husband and I in our first years together, of seeing my 2 sons as little boys and now watching my own grandson grow right in front of me.
My intent with my business is to capture your memories as well so that in future years, you will look at them and remember that exact moment in your life as well.