Telling Stories

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Even though this isn’t the most technically perfect photo, I love the story it tells.  My daughter and our puppy playing on the beach side by side, both engaged in what they are doing, but with separate projects in mind.  Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how to tell stories through my images.  I am reading a great book on the subject called “Storytellers” by Jerod Foster.  He has challenged me to be more reflective before and after I create an image.  These are some questions from his book that I have started to ask myself…

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 9.39.07 AM 1. Am I telling a story with this image?

2. Is it the story I want to tell?

3. What elements in the image might distract or intervene in                         the successful telling of this story?

4. Is there anything else I could use that would strengthen                        my ability to tell the story I’m photographing?

Playing with light

I finally took my camera out yesterday morning for some shots.  I have been admiring the soft early morning light and enjoyed trying to capture it in some images.  I have been reading “Culture Care” by Makoto Fujimura and in it he describes the gratuitous nature of beauty.  “Beauty points beyond itself, beyond survival to satisfaction.  We think of it in opposition to narrowness, scarcity, drudgery and constraint.  We think instead of what is expansive, generous, abundant, connected and expressive.  Beauty also connects us with the why of living.  It points to discoveries waiting to be made about the creation.  It points toward questions of right relationships, of ultimate meaning, and even eternity.  It points backward and outward and forward to our ultimate Source and Sustainer.”treessunFBpinklightFB raindropbenchFB palmmagsunFB magandpalmFB

The Journey

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“She promises herself adventure, new places, different views, a chance to get lost.  She infuses her day with newness and wonder.  She brings a camera everywhere, notices the little things, gets a cup of coffee at a different cafe, takes the long way home.  She discovers so much unexpected joy.  She begins to love the journey.”                                                             – I Am Her by M.H. Clark

Big Zack

We spent the weekend in Boston with our best friends. Six years ago their oldest son, Zack, suffered a traumatic brain injury on the football field that changed his life and the life of their whole family. This weekend I photographed two events, the first was a ceremony acknowledging the loss and sadness everyone has experienced over the last six years as Zack has struggled to recover. The second was a birthday party, celebrating Zack’s 23rd birthday.

It really was a beautiful weekend filled with laughter and tears. Grieving for what has been lost and celebrating what is now. I don’t have the words to express the grief we have all felt over these years. It was so meaningful to come together as a community and acknowledge the pain and incredible loss that has been experienced by all who know Zack and who have walked side by side with his family through these years.

It was equally important for us to celebrate Zack and the amazing person that he is. Zack is connected to his savior, Jesus. He is filled with joy and falls asleep praying on his knees. Every time you are with him you feel like the most important person in the world as he gives you a giant bear hug and won’t let you go.

A few photos of the morning ceremony…

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Photos of Zack with his family and friends at his birthday party…

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To read more of Zack’s story…. http://zacharymcleod.com

A Moment in Time

beachfunFBWhy do I take pictures?

To celebrate life that is happening right now

To appreciate the beauty that is all around me

To look closer at the detail of every day

To show beauty, love and hope

To tell a story that will be remembered

To capture a moment in time

“The purpose of art is not to send us to an alternative world, but rather to return us, even as our vision has been renewed, to the realm of the ordinary.  We don’t have to go out and try and take beautiful photos.  We simply need to pay attention and foster a different kind of seeing. ”                                          Eyes of the Heart by Christine Valters Paintner

 

White Pelicans Return

I love to walk in the Baylands and in the fall the white pelicans start gathering where I take walks.  Last year there were over a hundred gathered in one spot.  So far this year there have been groups of 20-30.  Hopefully they will keep coming.  I love to walk out and try to capture them in action.  So far, when I’ve gone they have been mainly sitting in groups on the shore, but I will keep trying!  Here’s a few shots I took the other day…

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Mountains that Amaze

I have a wonderful childhood memory of driving around Jackson Lake and seeing the Teton mountains rise up out of the water.  I remember being in awe of the rocky, jagged peaks that seemed to explode from the ground.    Today, I am still in awe.  I love spending time in these mountains every summer.  I love how they change shape and color as you drive down the valley.  Here are few of my favorite pictures taken this summer…jacksonlakeviewFBjacksonlakelodgemorningFBoxbowpointFBtetonantelopeflatsFBbarntetonsFB