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How Photography Creates Lasting Connections

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Have you ever cried with someone who was going through a difficult time? Gave a high-five during a victory dance? Showed up at the hospital when a co-workers spouse was in an accident? These moments create significant bookmarks in a person’s story.

A few years ago I spent a great deal of my time building a professional photography business, primarily capturing family moments and events like weddings and birthday parties. Connecting with people during those emotional high events, particularly when recording those emotions for future recollection, is extremely rewarding.  Being a part of a wedding is particularly amazing. Many photographers find the pressure too intense.

I quickly noticed my natural passion for people created a connection with the bride and groom well before the day arrived. This made it easier for me to create a positive experience; their comfort level showed in the photos by way of natural smiles, tears, and joyful emotions. Presenting couples with a collection of stunningly vulnerable moments was my absolute joy!

Being part of those significant moments creates positive human connections.

Recently I reconnected with a couple for whom I provided wedding photography services. I don’t know how many years it had been since their wedding, but I remember clearly the emotions of the day. We made a connection years ago, and that connection was renewed today, but it wasn’t under the joyful circumstances as previously experienced.

Becky & Jason were checking into the same hotel we now call home. They had a house fire. Much of their home was compromised due to the smoke and water damage. Their timeframe for restoration is much longer than ours (months rather than weeks.)

My heart is broken for them. I cannot imagine living here with a toddler and a dog for months on end. We made that connection years ago, and I hope and pray we run into each other again at our hotel. Maybe my family can reach out to them and love on them in the same way many others have been serving and encouraging us. Perhaps we can pay it forward.

What if…
I treasured every opportunity to create a lasting connection?
Those connections lead to even more significant opportunities to invest in relationship?

Take Only One Rod

In Eldredge’s The Way of the Wild Heart he encourages dads to connect with their kids. Going deeper, he makes the point be intentionally focused on the child – making it about him or her.  He came to a critical point with his youngest son, Luke, when he realized time spent was about the boy, not about the event. When they went fishing, John took just one pole- for Luke.

What if… the next time I connect with one of my daughters I leave my phone behind? What if I bring only one basketball?