• Aperture: f/7.1
  • Focal Length: 30mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter: 1/30 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D1H

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

This is an image of the bride’s daughter from the wedding I shot a few weeks ago. She was sitting on the bed, patiently waiting for someone to help her put on her shoes.

We all need someone to take our hand sometimes, to give us direction, to comfort us when we are down. I am happy tonight in that giddy-silly little girl way of mine, all because someone took my hand for the ten-thousandth time and led me somewhere better.

Sometimes I don’t know what I need. Sometimes I’m not sure how to get where I want to go. Sometimes I just want someone to walk with me. Sometimes I have everything I want right in front of me and don’t even know it. And when I see it, when I finally open my eyes — I am so overwhelmed by love that I can’t see straight, can’t form the words I want to say.

Some things that are found are better than anything we ever thought we lost; some paths that are chosen are the ones we had to take to lead us to where we stand today.

Children walk in whatever shoes they are given, reach out to take whatever hand is offered. Adults have a choice. I’m grateful for every choice I have ever made, even the bad ones, because they gave me something better, more real, more pure than I ever could have imagined when I was a child.

Music: Perishers/Bright Eyes Mix: Trouble Sleeping, I Hope You’ll Be Missing Me, My Hometown, Dark Days, Pills, Weekends, Sway, When I Wake Up Tomorrow, My Heart, When I Fall, What We Once Had, On My Way Home, Nothing Like You and I, Falling Out of Love at This Volume, Hit the Switch, A Line Allows Progress A Circle Does Not, When the Curious Girl Realizes She is Under Glass, Haligh Haligh Haligh A Lie, First Day of My Life, Lover I Don’t Have to Love, Don’t Know When But a Day is Gonna Come, Take It Easy (Love Nothing), Spent on Rainy Days, We Are Nowhere and It’s Now, Bowl of Oranges.

Favorite Pic: “Near the Reeds” by Kathleen at A Walk Through Durham Township, Pennsylvania.

Words: “Finding Center” by Jen at jengray.

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