IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #697 – ON THE RIGHT PATH!

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I have been making  sports portraits around  West Texas for the past 20+ years. It has been a wonderful blessing. We have coaches at some of the schools that we made their sports portrait when they were in jr high.

But, I have to admit to becoming a little tired of making portraits of kids holding every kind of: football, basketball,baseball,volleyball, softball or golf ball. Yesterday the first young lady out for track photos came bounding up excitedly showing off her new tattoo.

It was refreshing to see a girl with Jeremiah 29:11 imprinted on her shoulder. I was quickly reminded that I sometimes wander off my path and plan. I become bored with the way I look at things. She refreshed my vision and allowed me to see something different than just another student holding a piece of sports paraphernalia.

She understood Who planned her path and helped put me back on mine.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 

en theos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #676 – Onward thru the fog!

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The last couple of mornings we have had fog. It is kind of a rarity here in the desert.  It has been nice, by not having it too often it seems to bring  clarity through it’s obscurity. There is the comfort of knowing something is there even though you can’t see it at the moment. I love living in the desert. It truly is a box of chocolates every day.

“Most of us live in a fog. It’s like life is a movie we arrived to 20 minutes late. You know something important seems to be going on. But we can’t figure out the story. We don’t know what part we’re supposed to play or what the plot is.”
John Eldredge

Onward brothers & sisters, trust your foglights….en theos †††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #277

Okay, this is a little different post. A real break from bugs,blooms,beasts and beautiful views, but a true treasure none the less. This is a photo I made at my day job. We do High School sport portraits and we have 1/2 dozen schools that we still do the old school photos. Making school photos in itself is not a real stretch of creativity. The reward comes from getting to see kids grow up in front of our camera. We have been doing this in our small SW Texas area for over 20 years. We work with some coaches that we made sports photos of when they were in little league and Jr high.For the most part, other than the getting to be with the young at heart, it is not a job that generates a lot of positive feedback. In the rush of trying to get 100-400 kids photographed in a short amount of time you will most often hear more complaints than compliments. I have come to accept that as part of what I do for a living, but every once in a while…..We have been doing photos of this young man from his first year in school. When we did photos of him at an early age he could not sit on his own. His sister who is just a couple or three grades older than him had to support him in her lap. Her determination and flat out love for her brother has stayed with me as an example of unfailing love and unrequited affection. I have come to enjoy doing his photo more than most any of the other kids I do. He may not look into the lens and give you a knock out smile, but he will look into your heart and melt it like an ice cube on a summer day in the desert.His mother posted these words about his photo on my facebook wall and it not only made my day, it made the last 20 years mean something.“A pictures worth a thousand words! Or for me a thousand emotions! Some good some sad. I can’t begin to describe how I feel when I see Trent’s school pictures, mostly I feel grateful! it’s funny how seeing a picture can bring back so many feelings. You can even smell them and hear them and feel them! I never thought much of school pictures before, but it’s something I never thought I would have of Trent. And we have some great ones! Thank you Jim Work!For a baby that was never suppose to be born alive, or make it through his first night, we sure have come a long way! I cant believe he is 7 years old! — “Always remember there are others paying closer attention than you think on your journey††††††nada te turbe†††jim

via Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #277.

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #277

Okay, this is a little different post. A real break from bugs,blooms,beasts and beautiful views, but a true treasure none the less. This is a photo I made at my day job. We do High School sport portraits and we have 1/2 dozen schools that we still do the old school photos. Making school photos in itself is not a real stretch of creativity. The reward comes from getting to see kids grow up in front of our camera. We have been doing this in our small SW Texas area for over 20 years.  We work with some coaches that we made sports photos of when they were in little league and Jr high.

For the most part, other than the getting to be with the young at heart, it is not a job that generates a lot of positive feedback. In the rush of trying to get 100-400 kids photographed in a short amount of time you will most often hear more complaints than compliments. I have come to accept that as part of what I do for a living, but every once in a while…..

We have been doing photos of this young man from his first year in school. When we did photos of him at an early age he could not sit on his own. His sister who is just a couple or three grades older than him had to support him in her lap. Her determination and flat out love for her brother has stayed with me as an example of unfailing love and unrequited affection. I have come to enjoy doing his photo more than most any of the other kids I do. He may not look into the lens and give you a knock out smile, but he will look into your heart and melt it like an ice cube on a summer day in the desert.

His mother posted these words about his photo on my facebook wall and it not only made my day, it made the last 20 years mean something.

“A pictures worth a thousand words! Or for me a thousand emotions! Some good some sad. I can’t begin to describe how I feel when I see Trent’s school pictures, mostly I feel grateful! it’s funny how seeing a picture can bring back so many feelings. You can even smell them and hear them and feel them! I never thought much of school pictures before, but it’s something I never thought I would have of Trent. And we have some great ones! Thank you Jim Work!
For a baby that was never suppose to be born alive, or make it through his first night, we sure have come a long way! I cant believe he is 7 years old! — “

Always remember there are others paying closer attention than you think on your journey††††††nada te turbe†††jim