There’s a book that was released, recently, that I’m reading (well, actually listening to) slowly, in order to process and ponder it all. The book is Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequest. But, I really wish I had read it 30 years ago.
In the 60-90 minutes I have to visit with and shoot a family session — I can tell so much in that time frame about them. It’s so much a part of what I love about a session… getting to know the family, and staying in touch to (hopefully) document their story going forward.
We have had the pleasure, and privilege, to call you neighbors and friends for 25 years at our home-away-from-home in Florida. The times - and tales - we all treasure on Little Sabine Bay speak volumes about the people, and the place we all love, to live life.
As a community, I admire and highly respect your commitment to simplicity, family, fellowship - and real communication. No doubt, there are challenges living in a society and culture that is so different, but in a way, very free-ing — because you’re under no pressure to conform.
As a photographer over the years, it finally registered with me that when capturing an image — what I’m really doing, is harnessing light. Without light, there is no image. Everything goes dark - nothing registers on the lens.
We seem to love a good reason to celebrate, outdoors.
And why not? As things are, we spend far too much time focused on work and staring at our phones. Having an event that is worthwhile - to take time off, or plan a holiday around - is well worth the fanfare.
One such celebration is the annual Blue Angels annual airshow on Pensacola beach. Those of us who've watched them for years fondly call them "the Blues". And these remarkable pilots are heroes in our eyes. Their dedication, and commitment to perfection in precision is nothing short of incredible to watch. The show never disappoints, but sometimes the weather can be less than cooperative. However, that wasn't the case this year.
If you’ve read other posts, you know that my photography journey began over 30 years ago, several years before children, in fact. It was “back in the day” of 35mm film photography. Reflecting back, the care I took to get the better shot, because with film, you only had so many images available on each roll, and it was deflating and expensive to take several similar shots — only to save a few worthwhile prints from each roll.
What a difference it made going from film to digital, on so many levels — it’s a mammoth conversion.
The ultimate creative. To be enthralled with the ever-changing skies, is not unusual around Florida, because we can see so much of it, from most any location. The state is so flat, and there’s just water almost everywhere you turn. Of course, when you’re on the water, there’s always the sky complementing the view.
There’s something about the sand, and our toes in it.
We have this in common when it comes to sand. When on the beach, we have sandy toes. And we dig our toes through the sand. Shoes don’t matter, here. They don’t even work well, here. In fact, when we hit beach, shoes are shed, and shunned.
30+ years for a photographer-in-the-making. It’s been my passion for a very long time — a part of life that brings great pleasure, and fulfills a love for art and creativity. It gives prolonged enjoyment and appreciation for the captured image in time, of treasured or ordinary moments. Of all I’ve done in life or business thus far, this beloved hobby has permeated every aspect of the journey.