“The Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’
‘A staff,’ Moses replied” (Exodus 4:2, NIV).
God put a camera in my hands. He also put a fire in my heart with a desire and true love for memories. I was given a talent not only as my livelihood, but also as a means to preserve memories for others through photographs. And it is my absolute privilege to do so. I remember reading a quote by Leo Buscaglia on Pinterest: “your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God”.
Each morning, I ask myself what is in my hands. What have I been given that I can offer to the world? What do I have that I can give to others? And I’m always grateful for this camera… this passion and love for what I do… and mostly, I’m grateful for the people who keep my dream alive.
I’ve been a big fan of your work for over 7 years, which was when I met you. I was dressed in a police officer costume, and you had your camera. I remember seeing you stick that camera up from behind the booth you sat at to take a picture. When I finally saw you, I thought you were the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. That fact still remains true to this day. Then about 10 minutes later your older sister was beating me with my own night stick and you were giggling. I like that we both met doing what we love. You were capturing memories, I was trying to make people laugh. Ever since then your work has made me smile. Even through the years I spent battling depression, your work made me smile. I think what it is, is how you can capture the emotions of others and make it visible. I don’t really have any pictures of my mom and I, but looking at all the love you capture in your photos reminds me of how much my mom loved me and many of the memories inside my head that are difficult to remember, and it’s helped to keep me afloat.
So, in short, thank you for what you do, Taylor.
Happy Valentine’s Day