Where my inspiration comes from

[Nikon D5, Nikon 28-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 100, ƒ/5, 1/4000 – Alienbees B1600, Triggered with Pocketwizards]
When I took this photo I was doing all I could to capture the look of the musical Oklahoma! in Roswell, Georgia at a friends horse farm.

I didn’t get paid at all for this photo shoot. However, I put as much effort into it as I have done for any client. I wasn’t doing this for my portfolio and really wasn’t motivated for doing it for the school.

[Nikon D5, Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8, ISO 100, ƒ/4, 1/200 – Alienbees B1600 triggered by Pocketwizards]
I love my daughter so very much that I was doing all this for her. I was wanting her to have the best experience in high school theater as possible.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 400, ƒ/8, 1/320] photo by Dorie Griggs
I also didn’t do this alone. Dorie, my wife, and I have been doing this all through the years for all of our kids. Dorie was assisting me that day and together we were able to get a great banner for the photo.

I think the best motivation for any photograph centers around love. While we can show the joy of love through smiles we can also show the sorrow that comes from seeing one suffer in life.

Moving Chelle into her dorm room for the start of her freshman year at Columbus State University. She arrived early to participate in Camp Prowl a freshman experience and first year of the program.

Yesterday we took our daughter off to college where she will major in theater with a minor in dance and will get a teaching certificate as well. I feel like all those photos of her dance classes, orchestra performances, choral performances and theater productions let her know we supported her love of the arts.

As one with Asperger’s Syndrome I can tell you that Aspies do love. We just love in a different way. I do find myself experiencing lots of emotions, but will struggle more than most people on how to convey this to others. I have used photography to demonstrate to others how much I care.

Now I do realize that I still need to communicate using words as well, but this is much more difficult for me. I continue to work on it and am so blessed to have such a wonderful wife who has helped to bring me out of my shell and taught me how to interact with others.

Without the emotion of love as my motivator I could not produce some of my best work.

Don’t get sucked into thinking about photography as working with technology or you will develop a GAS problem. Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

Too many photographers forget that the 6 inches behind the view finder is more important than the 6 inches in front of it. The REAL KEY is to make the camera disappear to the audience, not the focus of the photograph.

[Nikon D100, Sigma 24-70mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 800, ƒ/2.8, 1/60]
Your inspiration must start somewhere. I found mine to start with my family. Today I am just reflecting on the time with my daughter since yesterday we turned the page. We are now in a new chapter of life with my daughter.

Maybe you feel frozen in your work. Maybe you are depressed or experiencing anxiety.

Whatever it is, at first it’s normal to feel rattled, frozen, or unclear about what to do. After awhile, you do what you can to change things for the better. But often there’s not much you can actually change, and sometimes nothing at all.

Still, there is always one thing you can do, no matter what.

You can always find someone to love.

Love feeds us as it flows out of us. Soothing, calming, centering, strengthening.

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