Getting Back on the Horse

For the past two years I’ve donated a session to my son’s school fundraiser auction. A few weeks ago the families that won those sessions (one last year and one this year) collected on them.

It was a perfect spring day but, truthfully, I felt rusty.  I’ve put my photography on hold and I felt the effects.  It felt hard getting ready (Which gear do I bring?), I felt unsure of my abilities once I got there (Could I still do this?) and as I started it all felt a little unfamiliar (What do I normally say to clients in this situation?).  But slowly I hit a groove and, within a few minutes, it all came back to me.  I paused at one point and took note:  I felt a giddy excitement and knew I was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing with my Saturday morning.  Forgive the hyperbole but it was bliss.  I knew at that moment that no matter what I decide to do about photography – whether I pursue it again or it remains a hobby – it will always be something that’s part of my life, that I hold dear, that I love.

It was so great to photograph two families in a spot that means so much to them.  I loved seeing an old friend and her family – and getting to know a new one.  And it reminded just how much I love interacting with people, building a level of trust with the person being photographed – whether they’re 3 or 103 – that allows them to relax enough that their true essence comes through in the images.  It’s not the “cheese” moment – it’s the moments before them, the moments before when they’re deep in thought or after when they’re laughing about whatever ridiculous thing it is I just made them do.  Those are the moments I love:  those are the moments that life is all about.

Thanks to both beautiful families for the reminder and for getting me back on the proverbial horse.


robinshetler Muriel – Thanks so, so much. You have no idea how much that means for me to hear that. Am so glad you enjoyed the photos of the boys – they were such a joy!June 12, 2012 – 2:00 pm

Muriel Sluz I am the Grammy of the Beck boys, and I have to tell you that I hope whatever else you do, don’t give up the photography. These pictures are so beautiful, and capture the spirit, love & joy of these boys; it is a gift to do this. Thank you so much.June 11, 2012 – 10:34 pm

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