So I’ve been talking to a lot of my quiet blog-stalkers and the thing that comes up more than not is that I need to post more often. I’ve tried everything.. promises, thinking ahead, more promises, notes to self = self, “you have to blog more”., more promises and nothing has worked until…. it dawned on me. Last night I got a call from a long-long lost friend whom I have not talked with for years and she said she checks the site often for inspiration. Now I might be putting words in her mouth but whatever….. If it has jolted me then I can do that. My thoughts are random often and it is my interpretation of what has been said that really counts… it works for me.. and that’s helpful for me today. She basically said that seeing what I’ve created/captured makes her smile. makes her happy for the moment and she appreciated that and wanted me to know. Woah! I really never meant for that to happen, I don’t think. I’m just so darn passionate about what I do, I just put it out there for more people to see and enjoy. I try to inspire people to see themselves differently and think out-side of the box. Why can’t you take your family down in the woods and take a picture? Why can’t the senior in her prom dress pose in a tree? Why can’t a bride see and take formal pictures together with her groom before the walk down the isle? Can you imagine putting on heels and running through a city street with me across the street capturing the action? Can you imagine balancing your newborn on a shelf in his/her nursery? Why can’t I make art out of your family walking away from the camera? Why not put a picture of you and your family on the wall that has everyone’s mouths open with laughter?
you get my point, right.. So, I will start posting random pictures that I choose in my plethora of shots that are sitting on hardrives all over my office. They will be the ones that are the “think outside of the box shots” to me. These will remind you, hopefully, that perfect is not always the true depiction of yourselves.. Is this an aha moment for any of you?.. The pictures may not be perfect and will not be perfect because we are all a work in progress and imperfect. As we think out-side of the box and embrace more of who we are, imperfections and all, we will be able to embrace the picture that morphed out of the ordinary. To me, that’s what makes an extra-fabulous portrait.
So for my first installment of “think out of the box – Thursday”
side note: this was a little bit of whimsy’s first logo. I chose this because it spoke of the whimsy that was in my heart and demonstrates what I spoke about earlier. It is not a perfect photo. I walked around him trying to capture the right facial expression, I handed him a basketball (since we was on a basketball court) he promptly threw it down and opted for the volleyball. His shirt was wrinkled and a bit dirty from the day – at the family reunion. He was holding back tears from being stung in the head shortly before this photo was taken by a bee. Second reflect.. he is happy watching the big boys play basketball, does not care about the dirt and wrinkles on his shirt, loves the volleyball and is even happier that I am out of his face. Perfection.. a moment in time that allows me to reflect where we were and what we were doing at that time. Recently he commented that he was not the official logo anymore and how he had been replaced. I never thought he even was aware or cared. Biko, you make your mother proud
almost every day, always, without question. Keeping it real, I’m proud period and truth be told, it is you, your sisters and father that force me, daily, to think outside of the box always. Although, your father does not believe that the box should or does exist.. shhhh, that’s a whole post all by itself.
P.S. R. Mitchell thanks for the call and the reminder!