At church, with the youth, we held a talent night where everyone had to share one of their talents - for just a few minutes. I shared my knowledge on how to expose an image. How to use ISO, aperture and shutter speed to create a picture.
Jeremy (Cohen's Dad) was there too. After I presented, I was speaking to him about talent. I told him that I believe my true talent lies not in being a photographer, or creating mind blowing photos. I believe the talent I have been blessed with is to be able to see the beauty in people's lives in the moments it exists. Thankfully, I kinda understand light and how to create an exposure as well. With that knowledge, I get to share with people what I see.
I think that's the main reason that I have been able to work with so many people while I'm still so young in my career.
Kristi emailed me at 1am this morning, after seeing her slideshow of images. An email for which I am grateful. As you probably saw from the preview I posted, it rained. Not just a little bit though. I've shot in a little bit of rain on more than one occasion and it's not too much of an issue. I mean it rained like the world was going to end.
The rain didn't bother me though.
It didn't bother me because I saw, immediately, that Kristi and her family loved each other. And you can still be in love with each other in the rain...
Kristi humbled me with her words when she said:
Tim, with tears flowing down my cheek, I am in awe of "us" because of you. I am not sure if there is any better emotion.
I am in awe of Kristi and her amazing family. And I'm forever humbled by the people who invite me into their lives to document them.
This last image is super special. Within minutes of knowing me, Quinn, aged six, told me he had something for me. He went out to the car and returned with a picture he'd drawn of me photographing his family at the beach.