There is so much to be thankful for and when I consider the many blessings that I have, it almost brings me to tears. ALMOST! Growing up I was raised by a single parent father up to the age of 13 and then move to NYC to live with my mother, joining with 5 of my 8 siblings. Looking back so much could've gone wrong but the hand of the Lord was guiding; even before I knew or care that God exist. I love both of my parents very much and they both wanted the best for me. I miss my father very much, and wish that I could talk to him, to get advice about fatherhood, finances, business, and overall life in general, but for now he is resting in the grave. Awaiting that time when he will meet his Maker on that great and dreadful day of the Lord (see 1 Thessalonian 4:16-18). I wish that my son Marcus had a chance to know him as much as I did... Things could have gone real bad when I consider my teen years while growing up in the Bronx but again I see the guidance of the Almighty leading me to a better path.
Fast forward to today and there is so much to give thanks for: life, baptism/rebirth (See John 3), food, cloths, shelter, marriage, Marcus our child, doctoral degree/education, family, and friends to name a few! If I could physically hug Jesus I would but I do so by Faith in my heart.
When I think about it, I realize how little I have done to help the poor! In my morning worship a few days ago It really hit me and by the grace of God, I hope to do much more to help the marginalized in our society.
There is so much different things to photograph! So much around us; I am constantly taking photographs. I also love the post processing (developing) just as much as I do taking the photographs. Photographing humans is the best but can presents the most challenge...as soon as the camera comes out we automatically stop being ourselves and its when we are most natural when I believe that we are most beautiful. All in all, photographying portraits and weddings is my favorite; for the most part my subject is always excited to see me. I love photography and always studying it with every click of the shutter, with every portrait session, with every workshop, I walk away learning a lot more about photography, about my subjects, and about myself. Growing up I never had a lot of pictures taking. Infact I probably have less than 10 image of myself and family from my childhood. So I'm so glad that I'm able to capture my family now.
Marcus was raised with a camera pointing at him from the first day he enter this world and its just fun to watch the changes. Now its more challenging to capture him because he is always on the move!
Please excuse the grammatical errors! This was straight of the cuff.
Faith, Hope, & Love,