The Day I Shot This Photo...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Most people have no clue that my business card is a self portrait. That is until I tell them or they see my stubby fingers.

It was 2 AM on a summer night in 2005. I was sleeping and like so many nights I was dreaming about photography and freedom from my job. Suddenly, I had this image that popped into my mind. I sprang out of bed, fumbled through the closet, and got dressed. I went directly to my studio basement and set up my equipment. It was hot, I was sweating and the studio was messy but I knew I had to get this shot before the image left my mind. There was this nervous energy about the whole thing. I tried for almost an hour it seemed until the perfect image appeared in my viewfinder. Wow! My logo.

I couldn't stop until I had it all done. Business card and all.

How many of us have daily thoughts of things we want to achieve? How many of us dismiss those thoughts because of everything else that is going on in life? You never know when a fleeting thought will turn into your ticket to success.

Keep dreaming and hoping and wishing and praying. Be patient because if you are faithful your time will surely come.



Mac said...

Its true what u said about dismissing these thoughts . I do all the time cause i think how am i going to get this done and let it go. Thanks for the encouragement.

Anonymous said...

I always thought that was you in that pic. Good to know I was on point. This was a nice post and perfect timing for me. I am dealing with some issues that has my dream on pause. The situation is completely out of my control so I am fighting feelings of helplessness and frustration as I hold on to my faith in God's plan and favor in my life.

Thanks for posting this and providing a bit of encouragement to me.

Anonymous said...

I knew that was you...look at the shoulders...look at the way you hold the camera.

1i_Studios said...

You did not have me fooled! :-) LOL I enjoy self-portraits. I really don't like being photographed, other than photographing myself. I do have a photographer friend, Bill, who took a lovely portrait of me years ago and I still have it hanging on my wall. I think it is the only portrait of me in my home! I know what it feels like to have the photography fire burning inside!

Anonymous said...

Glad to also know that's a self portrait of you.
Thank you for sharing this post. Just today I was emailing with my aunt about a "vision", which is what I like to refer to it as, and how I was second guessing it. I don't want that which I'm feeling to be merely that {a feeling} something I want so bad that it will cause me to hurt in the end. I want to know that I know. But after reading your post, what I'm feeling may just not be all of self and perhaps God truly is speaking to me. All I can do is just what you said do, "keep dreaming, and hoping, and wishing, and praying." Although it hurts and gets frustrating at times, I will continue to be patient and wait because my time is surely coming.
Ross, I don't know if you really know what you did/ were doing when you wrote this post but thanks SO much!!! Continue doing what you do.

P.S. Tell Brandi she got a winner because you are truly God sent!!!! May God bless you and heaven smile upon both of you.

Unknown said...

"If in your Mind you concieve it, your Heart you believe it, your Body will achieve it." ~ Al Monts

My high school Track & Field coach engrained that in our heads before every track meet. We literally had to mediate for 10 minutes and visualize ourselves competing and winning at each event. During my 4 years on the track team, we earned medals at State each year and we broke 90% of all the school records.

I am a believer that if you can see yourself doing it then it can be done.

You are such an inspiration. Thank you for continuing to share YOU with us. Many blessings!

Eliana@BYSE said...

Love this photo.

Xiomara said...

I knew it!!! I knew that was you.....oh andThanks for your words of encouragement!

Xiomara said...

by the way you are the BEST!!

Anonymous said...

This photo is legendary & I'm glad u did not ignore the call to do it.

Lisa M. McGainey said...

Amen!! I receive and agree with that.

Yeah, I knew it was you all along.