Brrrrr .... it really is cold outside. This is the wood burning stove (on the back porch) that Von refuses to give up! Hey, it's free heat! Maybe I should have taken a picture of the thermometer on the wall behind the stove that says ninety-two degrees in here! Oh well .... thirty-three degrees outside, so I just open a window!
Oh God, as I bring my subject into focus and prepare to make each portrait, never let me forget that I'm creating treasures for some family, and a keepsake for their loved ones.
Make me sensitive to the qualities and virtues of others, that I may draw out into the light the beautiful radiant belongings of their hearts.
Help me to be an artist, collecting the beauty of every soul, the glow of youth, the gentleness, the laughter or tears of each life that is precious in thy sight.
Deeper than a means of livelihood, give me the perspective to see my photographer's art as a service to others, making life richer and more memorable.
And, dear Lord, between the lights and shadows, the ups and downs and the rolling years, keep me from getting out of focus or off center, so that my life and work may be framed with dignity and colored with contentment ...