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Getting Beyond What Is Comfortable


Every time I get the opportunity to photograph Tara I know it is going to be something great. Of course she is beautiful! And photogenic! And comfortable in front of the camera! But she is also easy going and has a joyful spirit. She has had to bear a lot of challenges beyond that which any young person should. Despite that, she remains sweet and unembittered. Being around her is always a joy and a lot of fun.  I love how she gives me the room to try new things during our photo shoots. She is game for just about anything.

I am proud of these portraits… Proud of her. She stepped up and gave me her best during one of those difficult times. And in return, I am stepping up and getting beyond what is comfortable. I feel like these are some of my best images, to date.

I don’t want to be one to sit on my laurels and think good is good enough. I want to see where I can grow and improve or take things up to the next level. In the interest of continuing my learning, I have submitted one of these images for public critique. It’s a critique to fine tune my artistic and technical skills as a photographer.

Whether or not it is chosen for this public critique is not really a relevant issue for me. I would very much like the critique (so critique on readers!) but it is always a big step for me to publicly place myself in a position where I may get any kind of attention, either good or bad. I typically like to hide in the shadows. But mediocrity lives there. And I want more than just being mediocre.

So props to me for putting myself out there, albeit in baby steps. And props to Tara for being a great kid! Stay focused on your dreams, on your education, on your family and your true friends and on your God. ♥

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