I'm packing and getting ready to head out to Denver to shoot a conference next week. I've never been to Denver so I will be getting there two days early to check out the scene. Also, I have a lot of post production work to do on a few shoots so I will be spending several hours getting all of that done.
After Denver is a proposal in New York and after New York is a wedding on St. John Island and then a wedding in Atlanta.
A common misconception of my clients and enthusiasts is that a photographer travels to an exciting place, shoots, and then its off to the next exciting place...and that's it. In actuality, after the photo shoot the work has just begun. There's hours of editing, backing up files, posting, ordering, designing, correcting, re-designing, sorting, categorizing, emailing and more. Good thing for me is that I have a system in place that helps to keep me on schedule with the assignments and to-do lists. Even further, I remain motivated by knowing I am doing what I was born to do and remain humble that this gift is just that...a gift. During my photo shoots I have learned to let go and let the vision take on a new meaning for me. I appreciate the comments that everyone posts to the blog about all of the unique images and angles, its a really big confidence boost. At the same time, I know that I would be nothing and my photography would be meaningless without the hand of my Father. When no one could see my work because I did not have a website and when I did not have a fancy camera because I could not afford one, the vision was still developing. There was no blog, there were no workshops, there were no plane tickets, there were no phone calls, there were no fans, there was no laptop, there was no car, there was no account, there were no assistants, there was no accountant, but there was bad credit(!). There was me and my faith to grow. To grow into something better than my present position in life. To do something that mattered in this world. And to be free to minister to people in my own special way. In my youth, some tried to force me to minister from the pulpit. That was not my calling. Photography has allowed my ministry to grow and to touch people from all over the world. When I stop and think about it, its quite overwhelming. So instead of stopping I push on to reach higher heights. You may not know me 5 or 10 years from now (or even 30 minutes from now), but you will know that at some point in your life, there was a young photographer that lived in Atlanta that told you his story and it affected you in some way. It motivated you to make a move in your own life towards a better life or happiness. Maybe the story made you realize just how good your life already is. At any rate, just a few thoughts I had on my mind. Off to Denver I go...contemplating my position.
This post was not written for comments, it was written for thought. Presently my own thought. Writing can be therapeutic and transparency can set you free.
Enough for tonight. The Dr. Mrs. KNIGHT is having her official graduation tomorrow morning and we'll be up early. I'll blog you from Denver and include a preview of some of my recent published work in a regional magazine.
Have a great weekend!