Lacking inspiration and direction to write so I've been putting it off each week and whooosssshhh just like that two months have gone past.
Why people love NIKE is because of the motto by which they live and that's for one to just do it.
over the past few weeks I've decided to start engaging the people who I perceived as out of reach and network to create a new path for LJ's Photography. To be the best and with all this comes changes which will allow the business to grow, different views to create a platform for better dialog and transparency. Bold decisions
The greatest regret of procrastinating is that special moments fade away and can only be recalled in the aftermath of "I should've just done it". In your life maybe it's the day before a loved passed on and you never had a chance to say goodbye one last time or the birth of a child cause you had to go see the boys and have a jol. Whatever the situation do not continue to live life with if only I had made time.
Life has too much to offer for you to sit back and read you plan everyday and not act on it.
What is you regret today and what are you doing different to avoid having more of those missed moments.
We at LJ's Photography prescribe this to ourselves to "Immortalize the moment" create something that will last forever. What have we been waiting for, who have been waiting for?
Special moments aren't always the was created through a planned event it is those that happen when you least expect them.
What are you waiting for; boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, children, the right moment?
Eric Thomas the HipHop Preacher "get ready for your oppportunity"
In the modern world we live in religion seems to have lost its grip and power over men. The ones we call BornFrees are evident that men wants to live without God but there is one thing men/women can do without "LOVE".
The one thing, when we all alone in our quiet corners is that we call on God to help us find the right person to Love us the way we desire and deserve to be loved.
What to do, you may ask as it is human habit you can ask God to send that special someone.
There is one love that can't be compared to any other and as we about the celebrate the Passover and think of the great act of love ever shown to humanity.
A lot of times we get distracted by the activities around the Passover, we long for affection from other but forget the one true act of love. Rom 5v8
As we celebrate our liberty through the death of Christ lets us never forget that His love and his love can fill the longing with in our hearts.
He loved us so much that he gave Himself for us to experience unconditional love. John 3v16
Every day is an opportunity to grow but sadly many refuse to learn, this stop growing.
Through the eyes of one of fellow photographers and also one of the reasons we should always strive to be better then what we were yesterday.
The experience By Merlize Jogiat from MJay Media Group
I have owned a DSLR for the better part of 7 years now and in all that time I have always considered myself an amateur Photographer.
My Definition of an amateur is someone who is always learning and willing to learn, when you have reached your capacity with nothing else on the cards to learn, and then you become a professional.
In that sense, nobody should be a professional anything as life is a learning experience.
Two weeks ago I attended a wedding, where the photographer that was hired for the wedding was not selected by the couple, but rather by the venue. Now for reasons unbeknown to me, either they needed to save money on hiring this specific photographer or they needed her to gain more experience by allowing her to shoot at this particular wedding.
Regardless of their reasons, in my opinion it was an uninformed choice made both for their brand and for the couple who only get to share this day once.
Before you label me as judgmental, let me state the reasons for why I think that the choice was and ill-advised one.
The girl who was meant to be the photographer could not have been more than 18 years old as her mother escorted her. Yes, I understand that her age does not come into play, but hear me out.
I had a talk with her earlier in the day, since I always have my camera with me as I wanted to get some shots; I asked her if she was shooting full or cropped frame, her response “I don’t know”, First red flag.
I let it go, since if you are an amateur like I am, you are not expected to know everything, right? Except for the fact that later on her mother told me that she had studied photography, meaning, in her first module, full and cropped frame should have been explained. Maybe not….
As the day progressed I noticed that all the pivotal moments of the ceremony were not being captured. I sang a song, the preacher spoke a few words and family said a few things to the couple. The ‘Photographer” was not capturing any of this as she was sitting in the back of the church with her mother. I had to step in, call her to the front and ask her to capture those moments. Not very pleased with me, she sat more to the front, and only attempted to catch the first kiss, WITH THE GROOMS BACK TOWARDS HER, SHE DID NOT EVEN BOTHER TO STAND UP TO GET A BETTER ANGLE!
As you can tell, at that point I was a little more than just annoyed, after all, this is a family wedding and as I was tasked with the job of singing and being the MC, I could not fulfil the task of photographer as well. After that point though, I was not expecting things to get any better.
Once the ceremony was done, we all walked outside and it started to rain lightly, I immediately thought “what a great opportunity for images”.
So I grab her, my camera, my triggers and my flash, we take the bride and groom to a great spot and I instruct her how to use the triggers. Hand her my 50mm 1.4 Lens as she was using the standard 18-55mm Lens.
This moment will go down as the most ridiculous I have ever experienced.
She turns around, takes her lens off her camera, and then tries to put my lens on her camera the wrong way around and says to me “It won’t go on “…. Frustration had turned to anger at this point.
Fast forward to the evening of the event, the room was small and extremely dark. There was no way on this earth one would get a single good shot without a flash especially with a cropped frame camera. But as it turns out, her flash batteries died earlier in the day, so she shot everything, which was only half of the reception anyway, with her dead flash, camera on Auto and ISO all the way up.
I don’t have to see the images to know, there is nothing that can really be salvaged out of the images captured on the day.
Now, there are two things I need to address here: Armature – Willing to learn
Professional – Knows everything Right?
So why was this girl giving me such an attitude when I was trying to help her get really great images? Images that were not even captured as she kept pointing the flash in the wrong direction.
Secondly: What the heck was she thinking, shooting someone’s one and only special day and SHE CANT EVEN FIT A LENS?????
My very first wedding scared me so much; I went out of my way to hire all the correct equipment to make sure that I did not disappoint the couple. When the bride saw my images, she cried, she had no idea she would be so happy with them… and I hated them!
At 7PM the photographer at this wedding, packed up as her time was up… really?!
Her mother also at some point said to me “this is not her first wedding; she knows what she is doing”
I felt so bad for the couple that I offered them a shoot as a gift because if they do get any images, they will be cell phone quality at best.
I hope that this young girl really does go and do her homework after this and that the venue is more selective the next time they chose a photographer, because those are the only memories left of their big day, the choice could affect the photographer and the venue for a long time to come.
The new beginning I mentioned in my previous article starts with how you think; change the way you think, change the people that amplifies these thoughts, change the things you expose yourself to that encourages this thinking.
If you constantly complaining; stop lending your ears to those who complain all day every day, your time is too valuable to be listening the negativity of others. If your dream has been on hold to accommodate others, get back on the horse and start riding again. One of three things will happen their will get up on they horse and ride along or they will feed the horse when he is tired or they will complain which should not deter you.
You will never be successful cause you not willing to do the work or to sacrifice the friends that are holding you back and family that's holding you back.
Bruce Lee said it this way
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
Knowing what needs to done will not get you there, you need to apply these actions; you willingness to success will not bring about success, action, action, action....
What will you do this year that will start your legacy and create an eternal footprint?
Part of my goals this year is to influence as many young people this year to live the rest of the lives striving to be great, to give 120% every time they do something.
So I've not posted anything for Dec 2016, there was just so much I wanted to say and is was hard narrowing it down to just a few. As I said goodbye to 2016, like many we will be looking back on it and recall the good times, bad times and sad times but most of all we will be planning for a better 2017.
Something's were a first for many of us; Like being part of the Team of Kasi-Togs(MJay Productions, Billionaire Media, TGS Productions, SO WHAT Photography, Yadah) hosting an Expo right here in our own backyard(Eldorado Park), meeting up with great photographers, taking my business online.
But it also brought with it some heartache for my family; the disappointment of someone leaving home, the passing of my sister but through it all God carried us. And the same can be said about you and your family, your friends that God has carried you through.
I guarantee you 2017 will be no different; God will carry us through. Let us not promise change until we start working towards it, Let's not commit to things we are not sold out for from the word go. Let 2017 be the beginning and the end. The end of mediocrity and the beginning of greatness, one thing is certain you decide which will do for you. We all have greatness within is us, let the challenges of tomorrow help unearth the DORMANT power and the will to succeed, set fear aside and be courageous.
So it's almost a month since I wrote my first insert. After a short but intense discussion with someone regarding they performance, I felt the need to write the following.
I started off with recalling a previous discussion to which I never received feedback too but this echo's to so many of us today.
For what purpose do you show up at your workplace, at school, at varsity, where ever it might be that you've committed yourself to? If what you are doing does not reflect your best, your 100% why are you there; is it for the good company, the comfort of knowing you surrounded by people who you believe share your views on life, are you heading towards your dreams. What value do you carry?
The reason why you see other succeed and it seems nothing is happening for you. Is it not because you are standing at the side of the road and watching people's lives pass you by. You have parked your dreams at the side of the road and you waving at those passing by in pursued of a better tomorrow
The friends you dedicate your time to are they taking you to your destiny or are you just having a ball and waiting for life to happen for you.
The following saying is true" Two persons cannot walk together lest they are in agreement." Your destiny is linked to the person you tie yourself to. Who are you tied to and is that person holding back or pulling you up? When two walk together one will become like the other, Good or Bad, Poor or Rich.
So my advice today not because I have nothing better to do but because I care what happens to the next generation; Be the best you can be today; DO the right thing first and there will be no need to fix anything later.
"Make the Rest of your Life, the Best of your life" (ET the Hip-hop Preacher)
In life there are many regrets and many scintillating memories of yesteryear's. One such regrets comes in a form of a simple yet heart breaking moment when someone close passes on and you have no picture that reflects his/her character . No family portrait.
As technology advances and grows so our desires to preserve precious memories in our homes decreases. We depend on social media to be our a source to preserve somethings which were once so personal on a world platform where you have friends you have never met and some you never even spoken to and others you can't remember when last you spoke to.
Pictures still tell a story in the absence of a narrator, tears follow without a word being spoken, a grin on the face as you recall the joy of the days gone by.
My challenge to you today is to take time to make ever lasting memories not fleeting moments that no one remembers. Immortalize your past and leave longing desires with those whom you have touched and those you still need to come in contact with. Let the future wait with eagerness for more of you and the past desire another chance.
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