I don’t know about you, but as a kid I experienced the run of the mill growing pains, the pain of growing physically and mentally. Then you get a point were the physically pain stops, because well you stop growing. But I think that this idea of growing pains is also related to your heart. With all the different pains that we feel in our heart from lost love, disappointed dreams that did not come true, and just the changes in life that were not expected. In some way these “heart pains” make us grow, it widens our hearts to be able to love and care for others and things greater then we could before.
I have been thinking about how this project has really challenged me to grow. To grow in areas that I would have never thought of, to go from liking and interested into photography, to having to become a photographer. Going from someone that loves and admires art, to becoming an artist. But in that is the growing pain and knowing that you need it to help you grow, to teach you, and to make you something greater then you were. I found myself dazing off the other day and thinking about all the shoots and what I have learned. How I went from using the auto setting on the camera the first shoot (don’t judge I don’t anymore), too learning as much as I could about my camera, aperture, exposer, and so much more so that I could make every photo the best it could be. I let the growing pains of this project allow me to heal in some way and see that I am an artist and the person that Sarah saw me to be. There is just so much tied up in to everything about this book that has broken me down and then rebuild me in a better way. And I wanted to share this because it is one of many thoughts that hit me when I am working on the book, when I’m thinking about it.
To update you on the book, Sarah’s brother Jim (who is an amazing creative mind) is looking in to printing and we are working toward how the book will be printed, sold, and so much more. I do want to say there is something big that we will announce soon about the book. But first I feel the need to make sure that everything is figured out. But know that I am very excited! It has been a little over a year of working on this and it has been a blessing to be able to finish it. And it is something that I want to take the time to do it right and the way Sarah wanted it. So thank you for following and the encouragement. Still a lot of work to get done, but fin is not so far.