52 Week Dogwood Challenge - Week 3 Black and White

 
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Week 3 Inspiration: Black and White

Our inspiration this week is to simply take an amazing Black and White photograph of any subject you want.

2019 Dogwood 52 Week Photo Challenge

This weeks challenge provided me with an opportunity to explore and play with my off camera flash. Flash photography is something that I am not proficient at, but I have made a goal to learn and master this year. I’m grateful for the Dogwood community of photographers because I have already received some bits of feedback that I think will help me execute this type of picture better in the future. I’m excited now to try this again, and hopefully when I have more time than the 10 minutes before my daughter was running off to her ballet class!

Outside of the photography learning op this gave me, when I read the prompt for the week this was the picture that immediately formulated in my mind. I think because we are in a season of change with my daughter, and to me this picture tells a story of her exiting a stage. Her life has been so focused on dance over the years and at the beginning of this year she was sure she was headed in the direction of pursuing dance on a professional level. However God has sifted, and shifted those dreams and aspirations, and redirected them into new paths.

As a result this picture holds so much meaning to me. She is exiting a stage soon and headed a bit into the unknown. It is a beautiful and scary time for her, AND her mama. From the moment these little bundles of joy enter our lives, we are preparing them for this moment when they head into the world as adults. This season of holding on and yet releasing is uncharted territory for me. I am learning to trust God on a whole new level. In the end though, I know He IS trustworthy. He has her right in the palm of HIs hands and that is the safest place to be. I’m excited to see where He will take her.

Psalm 139:9-14

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,  even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.