What do you miss about being five years old?
Let me tell you what I miss: I was fearless with my creativity. As many of you know, it’s been a dark month for me. (see why by clicking here.) At 3:45 Saturday (7/14/12) morning, I came face to face with an intruder in my hallway. It was dark and I was trying to adjust my eyes. I locked eyes with a stranger, standing a foot away from him, petrified. In that frozen nanosecond, I saw fear in his eyes. I wasn’t afraid of the dark. I was afraid of what was in it. To make a long story short, my husband was BOSS, no one was killed or hurt, and nothing was stolen. It took the Houston police TWO hours to come save us by the way.
By the way, here is what works for us to deter intruders: a gun and a guard dog.
Nonetheless, the next morning, my bff photography geek/mouth of the south/GENIUS photographer and lighting idol, Jason Talley, see his AMAZING work by clicking HERE!, called me. We were supposed to do a shoot together but I really didn’t feel like it. I didn’t get much sleep, and let’s face it, life felt like it took a big fat dump on me. I told Jason I didn’t feel like going. He said something to the effect of, “That’s total bullshit. You’re just being lazy. You’re making excuses. You will find any excuse to not do what you love. Get up. Get out. See you at one.” I sat in silence, stunned at his forthrightness. I’m not lazy. I had 1500 hrs on an Air Force plane. I got my master’s degree in 10 months with a 4.0. Life blows sometimes, but I’ll be damned if I’ll be called lazy. I’m strong. And Jason has been through HELL with his childhood. In ten years, I’ve never heard him complain about work and I flew and deployed with him. So, I got my camera and met him at one o’clock. If he can rise above and shoot for owning his talent, so could I.
love this one.
Here are my fav pics:
Here’s the truth. A friend tells you what you NEED to hear, not what you want to hear. Jason lit a fire under my ass. Jason showed me lighting and let me be as creative as I wanted to be- he taught me soooooo much about external lighting. He got some wonderful shots of our diverse and beautiful model, Sarah Dyer, and I got a few good shots as well. My camera felt like a respite to my soul. That helped me be fearless with my creativity. When I thanked Jason for that, because it means the world to me, he acted like it was no big deal. He was just glad to see me back at work. Now that’s a friend. Thanks Jason. A big thanks to the sweet Sarah (and her patient boyfriend Josh) for being so awesome. ❤
Your creativity is your prayer to this world. Witholding my gift of photography is doing a disservice to both myself and God. The world is crying out for fearless people to inspire with creativity- for these people to own themselves and put in the work. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Let it lead the way to your joy.