One of wonderful things of dabbling in family photography is having the opportunity to spend time with the people whom I love. Taking pictures of others is not like our usual assembling around a meal or conversation where I am in the middle of it all. Behind my camera, I am trying to pay attention to small details to capture what I see for others. It is much like being a writer awake and observant. The only difference is that I’m not working with words or thoughts, but light and glass. It’s a perspective that I am quickly coming to love even though the learning curve has been pretty steep.
Last week, I followed around my friends, The Barber’s and their children hoping to gather for them a few images that would help them see their life from where I stand. Amy is one of the most witty people that I know, and when I am with her I am astounded by her ability to feel all that life has to offer. We’ve laughed and cried many times together, usually both in the same moment and this is something that I treasure in a friend.
Her husband, Jim would be shocked to learn that I have been praying for him for 10 years. Especially, since I have only known him for two. My prayer has been that God would provide my husband with a friend who would really get him. Jim has come along side my Jim like a Barnabas brother, who was a wonderful companion and encourager along the journey of faith.
It was a joy to be a part of their family in this special way. I got to see their inside jokes and even took a picture of the middle son pretending to be a Jedi crouched down in the woods. I am thankful for them and the opportunity to see what others see, which is that they are an amazing picture of beauty rising out of the ashes of grief and suffering.