She’s studying to become a physical therapist. You should see the light in her eyes when she talks about it. Rachel has a heart about four sizes bigger than most, and every inch of it brims with compassion. I met her last summer, and I could sense her kindness across the room. She’s just the person you’d want to take care of you if you needed it, she seems to have love and patience to spare. She savors school like most of us would savor a good dessert, largely because it will expand her ability to care for others.
I called her last week when I myself needed to spend some restful, healing time outdoors. Even when my calendar is full of clients, I only spend about 5% of my time actually behind the camera. It’s easy for your time to get tangled in running a business, and to forget why you love it in the first place. That love comes back the moment I lift a lens. Give me a forest and a friend, and it’ll do me more good than all the deep breathing exercises in the world. A smile, a sunset, a handful of reeds swaying in the November wind – all waiting to be put together in whatever way you please. Walking through the trees, watching the light, spending time with Rachel, it was never more clear to me that Elizabeth Barrett Browning was right: “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries…” Sometimes we need to spend a little less time plucking berries and a little more time seeing the fire….
Thank you again for spending some time with me, Rachel. I could photograph you every day!
I hope these photos always remind you of how beautiful you are.
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And make sure you’re in the pictures, not just behind the camera.
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