As a photographer some of the best jobs are of the unplanned variety. Recently over the Memorial Day weekend I did a lot of travelling for graduations. Two flights, two states, two graduations, and had a blast making great memories and eating great food. As always, I brought my camera with me and was able to capture some great moments.
“Did you get that?” he asked “If not we got a backup plan. We can do it again.”
This question may be asked of many a photographer with different results. In this particular case I had gotten the shot and it captured the moment. The moment was a group of friends gathered around and in unison they cracked and shot gunned their beers. It happened fast and I snapped away. The occasion was to celebrate Kyle’s 30th birthday. He brought it in with style having a Totally Awesome 80’s themed birthday party in his honor.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” – Atticus Finch
On a lazy Sunday afternoon you’d never expect to be completely transported to another time, another place. A place wrought with racial injustices and social tensions. Where a man is not judged by the content of his character, but judged with deep seeded bigotry by the color of his skin. Common respect and decency is discarded in this era, because of fear.
Sometimes you don’t realize how the little things can turn out to be such a blessing. This was the case with my engagement photo session with Nadine and Dariuss. They had always been complimentary of my photography at family functions then one day they asked me to photograph the two of them before their upcoming wedding. I couldn’t believe it. At this point I had not performed a couple’s session before. They were giving me an opportunity to help capture the love they feel for each other. Once I picked up my jaw off the floor I said yes and we worked out a location and time. I was beyond excited. They took a chance on me and it turned into a lifetime of memories.
My blog is not meant to be political.
My photography is a journey and it affords me the opportunity to meet and converse with people from all walks of life. On the day this picture was taken I was in Atlanta for a scheduled shoot with a client at Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s Midtown. While waiting to meet with them I ran into man I engaged in a discussion with resulting in this picture. Here’s the story behind the picture.
It’s a simple word. Only three letters long but because of it there are endless possibilities and connections which can resonate within us all. Joy can come in many forms. It can be the first time you view a beautiful sunrise. It can be your first time you hear powerful melodies in a piece of music. It can be the roar of a stadium full of people cheering their team. It can be meditative. It can be silent. In this case joy is simply a single picture, this picture, a beautiful rose in bloom.