Do you like to have your picture taken? I would have to say, it depends on the situation. If I’m with friends or family celebrating or on vacation, snap away; however, I never enjoyed school photos where the photographer would twist your head and place your hands in unnatural positions and then tell you to look natural. They always seemed to turn out fake looking.
I’m in the process of a ministry facelift, which means new photos, website overhaul, etc. I knew I wanted a natural look to my photos instead of posed head shots. I’ve used several different photographers in the past, so I wasn’t sure who I would call this time. Through Facebook I had connected with an old high school friend who happened to be a photographer. Not just any photographer, but an award winning photographer. Her work is amazing. The only problem is she lives in North Carolina and I live in Georgia. After learning about the work I’ve been doing in the fight against human trafficking she said she wanted to get involved. She told me she’d come here and do my photos.
Yesterday was the day. Over the course of three hours (you heard me right, three hours); we made our way through a quaint little town in Georgia taking pictures before the sun went down. We laughed our heads off throughout the shoot as I told her she had to make me look good. I’d ask her where she wanted me for the next shot and she’d say, “It’s all about the light. We’re just following the light.” She went on to tell me the light makes all the difference in the world in the final product. You can tell if you have the right light present.
When I climbed in bed last night, I was reflecting on our time together and what she said kept playing over and over in my mind, “It’s all about the light. We’re just following the light.” Truer words were never spoken. It is all about the Light and we need to always follow the Light. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” No matter what we’re doing, it should be about Jesus. Scripture points this out over and over [Proverbs 16:3, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17 and Colossians 3:23].
I’ll be interested to see how the pictures turn out. I can promise you’ll get to see them in the next couple of months as we finalize the new website and launch it. I feel confident they’ll turn out well because my precious photographer understands the importance of following the light, in more ways than one.
What about you? Have you been following the light? Will it show up in your work?
Interested in learning about my friend and photographer’s work. Go to: www.photographybydonnakay.com
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