And that is what I’ve been doing for the past few months. Thinking…and thinking…and…well you get the picture.
I have made no qualms about it before. I am a pastor, husband, and father. Not necessarily in that order. I came to Sheridan over 4 years ago to pastor a church. But I’ve learned, sometimes we have to expand beyond what we are. I love photography; there is no doubt about that. It runs a close second to pastoring the church.
So I spent this past summer contemplating whether I wanted to pursue photography in any way. Do I want it to be a second job? A second career? Or not mess with it at all? I did nothing in regards to it at all this summer. No new blog posts. No Facebook updates. No portrait sessions. Nothing.
I’ve come to the conclusion despite all that, that I do want to pursue photography. Why not? The Apostle Paul was a tent maker. He did what he could to meet his needs. God provides us opportunities to have jobs and earn money. Why can’t I be both a pastor and a photographer?
It is after much prayer and…thinking…that I have decided to pursue photography with all that I can. It will be exhausting. I will not take away from pastoring in any way. I will just have to do both to the best of my ability. I believe with God’s help, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!
First things first, I am looking for a motivated high school student who still needs his/her senior pictures done to be my representative at their school. You will earn free things and money for referring other students to me for their senior pictures. You will get a free mini-session to get some pictures for your referral cards. You will then have a full session at a later date of your choice to get any pictures you want done. This can be earned free with just 3 referrals! It all depends on you as to how much you earn! You will receive 50 referral cards to pass out to your friends. If they bring that card to me and get their senior pictures done, that counts for you and earns you money!
It won’t be too hard; your pictures should sell themselves. Call or email me for more info if you are, or know someone who is, interested! Don’t wait, time is running out!
I love how in commercials, the “reporter” will ask, “You just won the Superbowl. What are you going to do?” And the reply inevitably comes, “I’m going to Disneyland/World!”
My family and I just returned for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of vacation to Disneyland. We have been promising the kids since Daijha, my oldest, was pretty young. My youngest is now 7 years old, so she was old enough to go and remember the trip. We also have an exchange student from Brazil living with us this year, so what an opportunity for him!
We all had a blast, of course! Even the youngest went on all the roller-coasters and rides. The funny thing is, I learned something about me as a photographer there. While I try to be creative with portraits, I am a terrible vacation photographer! LOL I learned that one of the most difficult things was to just take a snapshot for the sake of having a memory of our vacation! Snapshots are not a bad thing when on vacation. But I was challenged because for some reason, I feel that every shot has to be that breath-taking, jaw-dropping kind of shot. However, when on vacation, that does not have to be the case. Or does it?
A snapshot of the kids in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle
On this one, I was playing around with slower shutter speeds while riding on a merry-go-round. I like how it came out!
Lance wanted some shots with his dog, Lucky.
Lighting on this one was all natural.
I used 4 layers in post processing. I’ve been experimenting with some post processing techniques to find “my” style.
I wanted to use natural light since the sun was shining with some clouds. I am becoming more and more convince that I prefer off-camera flash.
I’m playing with a new program called PhotoTools 2.5. This program makes some post processing techniques a lot easier. It is a Photoshop CS 5 plugin and works in sync with Photoshop. It has over 200 different processes to experiment with.
I also added a scratch layer in Photoshop. I am trying to improve my processing and also find “my” style.
Lighting was with one of my Vivitar 283 flashes on a light stand. The wind was blowing a bit to hard for me to use my shoot-through umbrella, so it’s bare, throwing some hard light on Lance. I think this kind of lighting better suits Lance. Flash was on camera left.