A coincidence and a moment’s notice

4-19-18

 

I am one to always find myself saying, “What a coincidence.” Because in life it is truly amazing how everything from small moments to large events are connect, and how they play out in our day to day life. Even the most random craziest things play out in that coincidence of life.

 

Today was one of those days of coincidences and ironic moments. To me it was going to be another Friday at work, where no one would be in the office and I would just sit at a computer doing the same thing I always do on a Friday. But to my surprise it was not a normal Friday. While I was finishing up some work before lunch I got a text from a friend asking about the book and if I still needed ideas and people to help. I said yes and wonder what they had. They sent me a text with an idea that would be perfect for today because of the weather conditions and asked if I would be free that evening for a shoot. I was excited but also worried because the shoot would be in Flint, I still had a good amount of work to do at my job and did not know if I could make it. While trying to figure out logistics of the shoot I went to lunch with some coworkers at a Chinese place, and that’s when the coincidence happen, when we were leaving and I was talking myself out of the shoot a little bit and trying to figure out how to make it work; In that moment our bill and fortune cookies came and my fortune cookie read this, ” The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.” It put a smile on my face and I knew that I need to make this shoot happen. I even remembered that I stated to a friend that I would do whatever it takes for make this book happen; so I rushed back to work, finished what I needed to get done and drove home to get my camera and gear. Moments later I was on the road driving a little over an hour for a shoot and area I have not been and let me tell you it was one of the most exciting adventures and shoots. The whole drive there I was so excited, I could not sit still or stick with the speed limit (yes I was speeding the whole way.) because it felt right, it felt like that this shoot even so last minute it was going to be something amazing and perfect.photo (2)

 

I think that coincidence only happen when we let life take its course or better yet, just letting God take control. A lot of the photo shoots and planed out and scheduled days or weeks in advance and I scout out the area if I have time. But this shoot came together in hours, my friend scouted the area for me and it all fell together perfectly. I could have not asked for a better shoot to come together the way it did and after looking at the photos this morning with my cup of coffee, I am eager to edit them and put them in the book because of how great they came out!

 

I think that out of this photo shoot it’s not just about letting things happen naturally and working with what is going on around you, but trusting that everything will work out, even if you don’t have it planned out or even figured out.

 

I had myself almost talked out of the chance to have an amazing shoot in a really cool town because of fear, uncertainty, and even laziness. But when look at my reasons for not going they did not out weight the reasons to go. I said that I would do whatever it would take to finishes this book and I’m sticking to that, it’s just nice when amazing loving people go out of their way to be a part of this book.

 

I heard once that coincidences are just God’s little reminders that He is still at work, that He still has a plan. And for me I love that coincidences are a part of this journey and process.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

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Hopes, Dreams, and Stories: The Starting of Spring.

                4-7-13

 

It is odd the tricks time can play on you. How things can feel like such a long time ago but yet happen just recently or how memories could have felt like they happen yesterday but were really months ago. This past Friday I found myself continuing on this journey, and it was taking me to Owosso Michigan. The drive out there was a very sweet one, with bitter moments. It was a beautiful clear day, but as I drove to Owosso I passed place that I once went to with Sarah, ones we made memories at that seemed long ago. I realized I was alone in this journey, not just alone in the car driving, but alone in the fact that I needed to do this on my own. Still it is amazing how beautiful the day was and how a little road trip can open your mind, allow you to think, and even pray about the events to come or the events in life that have passed.IMG_1397

After a great drive and a few cds later (and yes I still use a cd player in my car) I meet up with the couple I would be doing the photo shoot with and it was great! The shoot was real simple but nice. It was a great time and one I need since I have been feeling the pressure of not having a shoot in sometime. Still while being behind the camera during the shoot, it was such an out of body experience. See when it was Sarah and I at shoots with couples I just watched her do what she loved, and watched how graceful she moved and saw things that I bet no other photographer would have seen. It was simply amazing. But for me it is such an out of body feeling, every shot and move I make I just think of Sarah, and what she would do, or think about what she would see that I may not. It’s almost like dancing and I am trying to let what I learned from Sarah and what I saw her do and her love lead me in every step, every turn, every move, and in that moment I am not me, but just an extension of her; and it is beautiful because of the memories it brings back.

After the shoot my wonderful friends need to go get ready because we all would be meeting up later for a concert. So I found myself in a small town looking for a place to eat. I ended up at a bar/grill and made friends with the whole wait staff and I mean the whole wait staff! If they let me in the kitchen I would most likely made friends with the cooks. While eating I was able to hear stories about their town and lives and even their hopes and dreams which seem to soon become a theme of the trip.

Later that evening I ended up at a concert where my friends would be performing. I spent some time behind the stage with the other bands. It was great to meet new people. While I was talking to a singer of another band he was telling me about moving and different things going on in his life and even his hopes and dreams for his upcoming move.  While talking he asked about me, where I was from, what I do, and then if I was seeing anyone. The guy had open up to me so much that I told him of Sarah, the book, and Journey I was on to finish it. He was moved by it, so we prayed traded numbers and talk little later on. Still the whole night I got to meet and be with people that were truly amazing, people that were so loving, great, and such a blessing to get to know. I stayed the night with a friend; too waking up the next morning and having breakfast with new amazing friends that open their arms and doors to me.

I left later that afternoon to make the drive home, and just felt so alive. The 24 hours I spent with all of these people made me see something I have over looked. I normally don’t tell people about this journey I am on, about Sarah or the book. But with hearing other stories and telling a few about mine and hearing how encourage they were by it. On my way home I see how amazing it is to not only ask people about their lives and hear their stories, but how it can be encouraging to tell others of mine and letting more and more people take part in it. This weekend was just a reminder of why I am doing this, and also a reminder of all of the amazing people that truly love Sarah and me; and that are becoming a big part of this book and journey.

So thank you to all the people I met this weekend, to the love and support of strangers and new friends. I am blessed by you all and most of all Thanks you for reading. I hope for more great things to happen in this story.