My Dad and I have a favorite saying…it is simply Carpe Diem! This is the Latin form of “seize the day”! I love this simple saying. Instead of think about the day, or fear the day, or get through the day, it’s SEIZE the day! It implies action. It is active, not passive. It implies control. What exactly can we control? The events of some days seem very much out of our control. But I do believe we can control our attitude toward events and people.
I believe that all good gifts and talents come from a loving God, and that when you share your talents with others, you often help them as well as yourself. In photography, I love the concept of “paying it forward” and that photography can be a gift to others. In the last year, I have adopted the City of Germantown. I have done numerous photos for Parks and Recreation, including the Bobby Lanier Farm Park and the Special Recreation programs, all free of charge. This year, I was asked to do the PROM photos for the special recreation department. They provide an outstanding evening for individuals with mental, physical, emotional and other challenges. Their decorations were beautiful, they provided food and drinks, music and entertainment for about 130 people in the Germantown area, all without cost to participants!!! The participants really dress up for this event. It’s a dressy, formal evening of fun.
I had a great time, and I know they did, too! Have I ever photographed a formal event before? no. 130 formal photos in a short time? no. But I believed in myself, my equipment, and decided to seize the day. I learn something new every time I get my camera out. So, here’s to taking charge, paying it forward, and deciding to seize the day! Try it! You just might surprise yourself!