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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.”

Here Comes the Boom!

Here Comes the Boom!

     Early in August I received an email from the Fort Osage volleyball coach.  She had seen the work I did with the girls basketball team last year and was hoping that I could do the same for them.  My goal in photography is to "Capture and share the beauty of GOD's creation through the lens of a camera."  How could I turn down the opportunity to help out my school?  I couldn't.

     After practice on August 21, we met to take some pictures.  I was fairly nervous (as I am anytime I'm doing a "professional" shoot for someone).  I spent most of the weekend before looking over volleyball team pictures and volleyball senior portraits on Pinterest.  I found several that I liked and then began envisioning them and adding parts of the ones I like to come up with several "poses" that I wanted the girls to do.

     The girls were very sweet and listened very well.  I enjoyed working with them a lot.  I even stayed and took some individuals of a couple girls after the seniors because they had done such a good job.  When I got home I quickly uploaded them to my computer so I could start culling through them.  One thing I did notice was that there was motion blur in A LOT of the images.  I felt very insecure at that moment about what I was going to be delivering to them.  I know that they were wanting images to make banners and a team calendar, and I was worried at what I could provide.

     I didn't let the worry slow me down too much though.  I found several of the images that were the sharpest, marked them as keepers, and then stated the editing process in Lightroom.  I like to do three different edits of each image so they can have different options to choose from.  I know the ones I like, but I want them to have options.  The first edit I do is liked more by the boys.  It is a much more bright and contrasty photo.  See the first image below.  The second option below is my personal favorite.  I start with a Lightroom preset called "Artsy-The Boxer," and then adjust the image slightly.  Finally I take the second image and make it black-and-white.  

Fort Osage Volleyball 2018 (94 of 123).jpg
Fort Osage Volleyball 2018 (95 of 123).jpg
Fort Osage Volleyball 2018 (96 of 123).jpg

     After finishing the editing I have my wife look over the images and see if she thinks any need more adjusting.  Finally, at about 11pm, I was able to export the files and upload them to the server for the coach to access.  I spent the entire next day waiting for an email from the coach wondering if I met her expectation.  I always want to try to make sure they are happy, but I also know I'm not a 'professional' and hope they can accomplish what they want with what I was able to provide.

     Throughout the process I realized that the nerves and worry that I was feeling is not something that GOD has in plan for me.  I need to remember that GOD will work with me in my nervousness.  Nervousness is just a mild version of fear.  GOD tells us over 80 times in the bible "do not fear."  Maybe I should really start listening.

Deuteronomy 31:8

     The LORD is the ONE who will go before you. HE will be with you; HE will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

Isaiah 43:1

     Now this is what the LORD says - the ONE who created you, Jacob, and the ONE who formed you, Israel - “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are MINE"

Below are some of my favorite images captured that night.  I hope you can enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

Song: Boom by P.O.D.

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