September 26, 2014

Finding A Talent …


Tonight our church congregation is having a talent show. Immediately upon hearing this, I thought about how great it would be to sit back and enjoy a bunch of other people sharing their talents – even if it meant multiple kid piano numbers and twenty girls singing “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Then a brother in the congregation cornered me last week and mentioned how he hoped I would share my photography talent with others. I was confused. What talent? And how do I share something I don’t think is a talent?


He asked me to go through my photos and find some that I could talk to the audience about, explaining what I saw to be worth capturing in a photograph. This led to a week long journey of pouring over photos. I have a lot of photos!


I am not a trained photographer. I don’t have much technical knowledge. I don’t know how to use Photoshop and I’m sure that much of what I do with the photos I take is just wrong. I am still learning about my camera, lighting, balance, etc. I am really just a big fat faker!  But I do love capturing moments and seeing things a little differently.


I have chosen twenty photographs to share tonight and feel the best way to describe my “talent” is that I am a photographer of candid moments and unexpected beauty.


I’ve posted a few of the photographs I will share tonight here on the blog today. Many of the pictures I will share tonight are of my children or other people’s children. Others are natural in inspiration, like this awesome stormy sky and white barn in Hume, VA.


I love taking pictures. It brings me joy. I do it often and try to get better at it each time I pull out my camera. I guess that makes it a talent I am working to obtain. I may never have the knowledge or equipment that other people do, but I am glad I am capturing memories and seeing the glory of God in so many different ways.

And I’m really grateful I don’t have to get up and sing or dance in front of an audience!


Aiketa said...

You have many talents, and photography is just one of them. I wish I could be there and listen to you, and learn a little.
Good luck tonight!

P.S: Hi! (Waving hand) :)

Janie said...

I'm with Aiketa - wish I could be there to listen to you and view firsthand your photography 'talent'. You have been given a great gift to capture through photography, priceless moments of time with a variety of subjects. Thank you for being so willing to share this gift with us. You'll do great tonight - you are amazing!

Anonymous said...

Lookin' good Sammer. Luv, photo bro

The Queen Vee said...

You have inherent photo talent and a great eye. Keep learning and growing in this talent is my advice for you. I love all your photos, so nice that someone wanted to spotlight them.

The Queen Vee said...

I failed to mention that you have many many talents, photography is just one of them. You are very generous with sharing your talents which I'm convinced helps them to grow.

Apis Melliflora said...

Lots of talent and humour and humility too. And you demystify talent and make talent seem accessible. Wish I could be there! Proud of you.

Ronalin said...

I have benefited greatly from your talents, you are a friend that gives much. I love that picture of Tyler, I don't think I own it. He was once so very small, thanks for capturing such a beautiful moment in my life. Seriously, I was so glad you thought of the details. That is one thing I love about you!

Nikki said...

Beautiful pictures! And I think it is even more of talent when we haven't been trained and yet still manage to take such beautiful photos.

TracyS. said...

You are talented in so many ways! I hope your part of the talent show went well!