As photographers our work is always on display for people to judge.
I constantly wonder what people think about my work and then of course spend a lot of time judging and being critical of myself. Often those thoughts aren’t too pretty.
Sometimes as photographers if we are lucky, we win awards, become recognized and hear compliments about our work.
The positives are wonderful to receive but often it is hard to hold on to them and the doubts quickly resurface.
Last night I was given the highest compliment I have ever received.
When I walked into the home of the hostess who gathered friends and family together to celebrate the life of Cindy Osburn, I was honored to see a giant photo of my good friend looking back at me. A photo I took of her in Venice, Italy in 1995.
I was so touched that the family had chosen one of my photos to represent Cindy’s amazing character, personality and spirit.
The reactions, emotions and comments the photo received from the guests will always be worth more than any award.
This is one compliment I know I will be able to hold on to for a long time. It helps me honor Cindy and the memories and love she gave to us all. After more than two decades of being a photographer it is only now that I truly recognize the power of a photo.