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!