Do you love your job? You Should!

Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, ISO 18000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000

Did I ever tell you how much I love my job? Every assignment is meeting new people and capturing their personalities and hopefully introducing them to you.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 1800, ƒ/4, 1/100

I love meeting a teacher that looks like one of the NFL linemen showing the tender side of caring for children and wanting them to learn all they can.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 1250, ƒ/4, 1/100

With children I get a chance to watch their personalities forming. Watching children work is one of my favorite things to see. You can just picture them working their minds.

Nikon D5, Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8G,  ISO 900, ƒ/1.8, 1/100

Peaking in on them working is how I often feel when I am asked to photograph children for organizations. I see me being the fly on the wall as they work and play. Here you can see the sensitive moment of the child tenderly placing her Lego block.

Nikon D5, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 6400, ƒ/10, 1/100

This little girl is having to re thread the needle on her sewing machine. Catching a child super focused and apparently enjoying herself. Now to capture things like this I believe my personal experiences come into play.

My grandmother sewed all of her clothes. I remember watching her work. Today my daughter is doing costume design for theater. Capturing a passion requires you to first understand it is a passion.

Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 1250, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000

I also love to capture the group dynamics going on. I love this photo of the boys playing ball. I watched as each of them found their role while one of them was batting. They were learning how to play ball with the school’s baseball coach.

Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 2800, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000

Now what is fun to watch is how patiently the coach is with all the kids and then taking the time with them individually teaching them how to be their best. I could also see where the coach couldn’t teach everything they needed to know, but took it one step at a time.

Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, ISO 45600, ƒ/2.8, 1/4000

The older kids were more coordinated in their sports. Here I was able to capture this young girl spiking during their win over a rival school.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 110, ƒ/4, 1/100

I had my first opportunity to capture these young girls learning manners. Here they are learning how to introduce themselves. How to make eye contact, shake hands, greeting with a smile and have good voice as well.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 1600, ƒ/11, 1/100

While I was shooting something, these two little boys were asking me lots of questions. They wanted to interact with me and hopefully I captured their curiosity here and eagerness to engage with others.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 280, ƒ/4, 1/100

I will end here with another moment that just took me back to our oldest son. When Pokémon came out our son Nelson was the age of Ash Ketchum. In 1997 when it first was on TV our son was 9 years old. These guys were very serious about Pokémon as I remember our son Nelson.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the founder of Chick-fil-A S. Truett Cathy said:

“Love what you do, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”

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