Disclaimer: This post has less to do with photography and more to do with the photographer behind the camera. These are the thoughts that I have running through my head and I want to share with anyone who wants to read them.
You know what is wrong with the world today? We have become so conditioned to "Just keep swimming" along in our own little private bubbles, day in and day out, just surviving our lives, thinking about the laundry and the bills and the kids and the job and how can I afford Christmas presents and who won the game and what did so-and-so post on Facebook and what will I make for dinner and WHY is the traffic so bad . . . . . . We are so busy and so stressed and so overwhelmed with STUFF and surely our STUFF is so much harder than anyone else's STUFF! All the while we are completely unaware of those around us dealing with their own issues and problems right under our nose. Our neighbors, our friends, our family, spouses, even our children!
I have been guilty of this on many occasions. Hubby comes home from work, he had a bad day and he is BURSTING to tell me about it. I tell him "Shhh, I'm on the computer working, I can't listen right now." Daughter is hungry and pulling on my leg and I say "Hold on, mommy's on the phone." The lady at the checkout in Christmas Tree Shop is a little slow one day, maybe her kid was up all night teething, and I am tapping my foot impatiently thinking about how this is going to affect ME. That guy who pulled out in front of me on 130 and made me slam on my brakes (maybe he was rushing to get his sick kid from school) and I yell mean words at him.
Yes, we all have our own crap we are dealing with on a daily basis, and yes it is hard. But maybe it is time we reach a hand out to someone else. Invite them into our world. Break down those boundaries. Stop thinking about how everything that goes wrong is messing up what we had planned for the day, and instead think about how it may be just as hard for the other guy and just maybe a smile will make you both feel a bit better.
Maybe I sound like I am oversimplifying a bit. But I just feel like people are so focused on themselves these days and forget that we are all fighting our own battles. And that we are all human and we should be in this together not working against each other.
That is why I love what I do. It is my job to spend time with new people, chat with them, get to know them, make friends with them, catch a glimpse into their world. Not every client I have met has become my friend. But every time I strike up a conversation with a family I get a chance to see a different perspective and broaden my view of the world. And in the meantime I'd like to think that I am spreading kindness and smiles to the people I meet. Because couldn't the world use some more smiles?! But by far the most important thing I do is record some of a family's most precious and priceless memories.
And that is why I feel like "Capturing Grace" is the perfect name for my business and what I aim to do. This world we live in is not perfect, by any means! Sometimes it is dark and you have to search really hard to find the beauty. But I find it very time I focus on the smile a child gives to his mom. Every time I hold a tiny newborn in my arms and imagine her potential. Every time I see a daddy put his baby girl on his shoulders or a family walking hand-in-hand. Those are the moments when I know I have found Grace, even in the darkest of days. And so, that is what I have decided to call my photography business. Because for me it is less a business and more a way to share smiles with my fellow humans :)