The hazard of not having time to read other blogs (as I would love to be able to do) is I am only familiar really with what I’m doing in this blog. I only use my own photos so imagine my shock when I was told most bloggers swipe photos from the internet to fill their stories with images. I can assure you it’s easier for me to make a photo than go looking on the web for one I like. I bought my first SLR camera thirteen years ago when Kevin was a baby. I didn’t have a clue what the difference between f-stop, aperature, or ISO was let alone understand their interwoven relationship with eachother. My lack of knowledge wasn’t a deterrent, I loaded up on books and got busy learning from my mistakes. Back then it was film, so my mistakes hurt my pocket which forced me to learn quick! I’ve been teaching myself photography all these years. When I get stuck I find a pro and they help me move forward with my skills. The greatest thrill is when I’ve just nailed a picture, captured a moment, and suspended it forever in time, and it’s mine.
Over the years my birthdays and Christmas gifts upgraded my equipment to the good stuff. Photography is an art I could never fully know or completely explore, so it keeps me hooked. Just this week I grovelled a little bit to request from Craig an early Christmas present…a perfect portrait lens…. so I could take it with us on our trip. He was so funny, when I said “would you like to get me an early christmas present”, he said, “which lens do you want?” I’m so predictable. It came from BH in the mail on Friday. I’ve been testing this prime 85mm lens with a 1.4 aperature all weekend, and I LOVE IT!!!
I’m hoping at any minute this week we’ll get that call to board the plane, so today I cleaned all my equipment and made the cutbacks on my good friends (lenses) breaking it easy to the ones who won’t get to make the trip to Africa. They took it well. I’ve got them all locked away for when I get home, and the ones that get to come are in their travel case ready to rest under my feet the whole trip around the world. When I travel I put my camera around my neck and keep it in my hands the entire trip. I don’teven go to get my coffee with out it. Craig laughed at me on Friday because I was happily reporting that I had the most relaxing afternoon reading my photography manuals to freshen up my knowledge before our trip. He said, “only you would think reading a manual is fun.” True.
Years ago I considered “going pro” because I loved it so much. I gave up teaching fitness and began to study and practice photography more. I worked with children and families for a while and then I realized I didn’t want to make this a job. I wanted to preserve my passion for it so that’s when I decided I’d use photography to serve God, or give it away as gifts. I always share my photos, happily and freely. It’s a pleasure for me to be able to give my talent away. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope when I’m in Kampala I’ll be able to serve with my photography. I do know for all of you with babies at Kira’s orphanage, I’m going to point that new portrait lens at each and every baby so you can be guaranteed the best of those will arrive at your computers!
Scott Kelby said this when he was asked which lens to buy, “How stable is your marriage? If you have a really stable marriage, one that’s based on trust, caring, compassion and a healthy fear of handguns, it’s entirely possible that it can endure having one of you becoming a serious photographer. If not, there will come a day when you’ll be faced with the decision of whether to get that new super-sharp fast f/2.8 lens or to stay married.” Craig laughed when I read that to him and said, “Yes I know, I’m a saint.”