The first thing I do after importing a photo shoot onto my computer (and backing it up), is to go through the pics, and start deleting so the gallery is manageable, for both the client, and for my editing. I don’t know many people who want to go through 500 pictures to choose the one they want to hang on their wall! For me, it’s the hardest, and most time-consuming part of the editing process and it’s often done numerous times, over the course of several sittings.
On a recent shoot I did, I was going through this deleting process, and came upon this pic – one I would normally delete immediately, even if the composition and everything else was perfect – just because I missed focusing on the boy running, he was blurry. It’s very important to me that my images are crisp and clean. I think I actually did delete it, then brought it back. And it’s managed to stay standing through all the rounds of deleting.
So in this dance I’ve been participating in with this image, I posted it last night on my facebook page, and was surprised at the comments that came! I guess folks saw what I saw in it, that something that prohibited me from deleting it forever. Toward the end of the thread of comments, someone said this: “Hmm… kinda like life, we may think we do things that are mistakes, but end up beautiful, maybe I’m getting too deep…” No, that’s not too deep at all! You may have forgotten, but I’m also a Marriage and Family Therapist! So these types of connections are pretty common for me to experience! And for those of you that didn’t know that about me, don’t worry – I take off my therapist hat during shoots:) But I do keep the compassionate, non-judgmental, meet you in the moment hat:)
Anyway, this is true – I find that we often go through life expecting things to be a certain way and then feeling frustrated or even angry when they turn out differently. I for one can speak to that fact! Thankfully, I’ve learned how to seek comfort in the unknown and flex in the changes. According to the facebook posting of this pic – I still have growth areas:) Thank you Scott for sharing your wisdom – it rang true! And this picture is a reminder of that for me. So in addition to the ethereal beauty, the innocence of childhood, and the joy in any given moment, I also see the gift that is received when we can be open to things being different than expected.