December 9, 2010

It’s About The Light

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Once the calendar turns past Halloween, I look forward to being called into service to take family pictures for Christmas cards and gifts.  This year I’ll do five or six families, in addition to our annual family Christmas tradition of taking family photos, printing them, and putting them in frames the families selected and they take home with them.  I would rather take pictures than eat and know that when my money-making work starts to get me down, all I have to do is remind myself that it supports my photography habit and I cheer up a bit.

I take this family photo thing pretty serious.  If it’s important enough for families to want to share their picture, take the time to get everyone ready, and put up with coordinating with my calendar, well, I figure it must be pretty important.  Whether it’s families at Christmas, new babies, weddings, sports, or landscapes, there’s one thing that makes a good photo.  Assuming the photographer has some sense of composing the subject in the frame and has mastered the auto focus (!), it’s all about the light.  There’s nothing like beautiful lighting to make a photo that is a keeper.  It may be that 90 minutes before sunset kind of outdoor lighting (my personal favorite) or it may be really nice indoor lighting or it may be supplemented by just the right amount of flash lighting (I often want to use too much).  But when it’s right, it makes a difference.

Having just finished up two photo shoots and posting a couple hundred photos for the families to peruse, “light” is on my mind.  It also applies to our lives, right?  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12 NIV).  When we walk in His light, our life becomes a keeper, just like that photograph. 

Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16b).  Let’s go get in the light, be the light, and shine today, throughout the Christmas season, and all year long, so that our life will be a keeper.  It will make a difference!

     Loving the Journey,


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