Monday Motivation: Life is a Series of Experiences…

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“Battlestar Galactica” Poster by Mika Ruottinen

“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger…for the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief’s we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford

Short and sweet (because I’ve been up all night working on projects and watching Battlestar Galactica…Mostly watching Battlestar Galactica), what we consider mistakes are, in reality, our greatest teachers. As a budding photographer I admit to making plenty but I do not allow those mistakes to hinder me or deter me from pursuing my passion. On the contrary, when I make photos and the results are not what I expected I don’t give up, I don’t blame others and and I don’t blame my equipment. I try to, as objectively as possible, look at what I’ve done and look for reasons why I didn’t get the results I expected. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of adjusting aperture or shutter speed, other times I might need to pay better attention to lighting. Whatever the case may be, I sit, I study and then I go out and try it again. OK, I say I was going to be brief but the point is, in life or photography, we go through things. We can either learn from them or be doomed to repeat them… Kind of like the story of Battlestar Galactica, huh?! So say we all! OOPS! There goes my inner Adama again! 😉

Monday Motivation: The Purpose of Life…

 

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” The purpose of LIFE is to give life PURPOSE.” – Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

I’ve read and reread this quote maybe a thousand times or more and the meaning is never lost on me. When pondering what we should do with our lives we must find something, anything, that allows us to feel as though we are making a difference in some way. An actor may feel that as long as they can inspire others through the roles they take on then that provides them with a sense of fulfillment. Likewise, police officer may have been drawn to that role by a desire to make, at the neighborhood in which they serve, a better place.

As a photographer, what do you aspire to? Why do you pick up a camera every day? If it for fame? Money? Is it to one day achieve status and recognition among your peers? For me, learning photography has been, and continues to be a journey in which I’m learning much more than how to capture a moment in time. Through photography, I’ve been given an opportunity to learn things about myself and others that I might not ever have discovered otherwise.

Sure, I like to take nice pictures but that is only a by product of the experience. Connecting with people, capturing and helping them preserve life’s little moments…that’s where it’s at! That’s why I love photography and that’s why I’m proud to call myself a photographer. Even if by some chance I discover that photography isn’t my calling I can still cherish the journey and all the treasures I’ve found along the way.

 

Monday Motivation: “The Greater the Difficulty…”

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“The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” – Epictetus

This quote hit home harder than getting popped in the face by a line drive from the Hulk. Many of us are struggling right now, photographers, our clients – everyone has a story to share about how some aspect of their lives is in apparent turmoil. I submit to you that we must continue to navigate these stormy seas because nothing, including our trials, lasts forever and the treasures that await us once the sky clears and rains have stopped will most surely be worth the trials and tribulations we’ve endured. So don’t give up. Be encouraged. Keep Moving ===>>>!

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By the way, a special thank you to Tasha Prescott of Tasha Prescott Photography for sharing this quote. It’s always right on time for me.