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Ezra 7:10

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”




When I got the text on July 6th, from one of my student-athletes, asking me if I would take her senior pictures, I was full of so many emotions...


I was flattered.  Anytime someone says nice things about my work and my abilities, it feels good.  You can ask Sandy about how I dance every time one of my photos on Instagram gets selected by a HUB as a daily feature.   I have also framed a page from Birds & Blooms where they used my one of my Dark-eyed Junco photos in a story.


I was scared.  I never for once in my life thought that I would be a "professional photographer."  Sure, I may have dreamed about what it would be like on the sidelines of Arrowhead stadium taking photos for Sports Illustrated.  I may have even fantasized being in an open side vehicle taking photos of lions in the Maasai Mara for National Geographic.  But, never did I ever REALLY think I was good enough to have real clients.


I was nervous.  I really love this young lady.  As I do with all my athletes, always wanting what is best for them and trying to help them in any way.  I know how important senior portraits are and I really didn't want to mess it up for someone so special.


I was insecure.  I had NO clue how to pose someone for a photo shoot.  I started scouring the internet, looking for other pictures that I could "copy."  I downloaded a posing guide with sketches of how people should be posed.  I consulted others that I knew in order to get advice on how to deal with getting people to look natural in pictures.  I may have done more research for this than I did for any paper I ever wrote in college...


After many hours of preparation, the day came for the photo shoot.  It was very natural working with this wonderful young lady, and because of her, I have now set up another photo shoot for one of my student-athletes.  I'm glad I have the ability to help them out.  I know senior pictures can be expensive, and I may have found a calling for serving in this way.


Thank you, H.A. for opening my eyes to the world of portrait photography, and I look forward to our next session!