I’m not passionate about photography.

I know every bio on every photography page is supposed to say how passionate the photographer is about photography, but I’m not.

I enjoy photography. I’m very good at it. I’ve had a lot of education. I’ve been doing it for a long time, and it has been a blessing to me for 20 years now.

But I’m not passionate about it.

I’m passionate about relationships. I’m passionate about love, and families. I’m passionate about having families appreciate one another. I passionately believe we all need to be requested commanded to look up from our devices every once in a while and be present for one another.

Photography can be a tool for doing this.

I’m passionate about taking care of our kids.

Both as a family and as a “village.” I am heavily involved in this by serving on my school PTA board and being a den leader in Cub Scouts. I believe our children need to grow up strong, healthy, happy, and most of all, confident — knowing their beauty and knowing that their uniqueness is what makes them valuable to the world.

Photography can be a tool for doing this.

I’m passionate about people taking care of themselves…

…taking time to regenerate, to connect with the emotional, intuitive, and spiritual side of themselves. I believe in the worth of all persons, and I want people to see their worth, and how incredibly they are made.

Photography can be a tool for doing this.

I’m passionate about creation, about the sacredness of creation.

I love the outdoors. I love being in the outdoors, hiking, camping, climbing rocks, running, seeing animals, canoeing — you name it. I think that we take too much from creation in the name of having one more useless thing … one more trinket or geegaw that we see as the purchasable fulfillment of our deepest desires. It never works.

Photography works. Photography gives us a way of remembering what is truly valuable. Photography opens a window to our real treasures.

Photography isn’t THE THING. But it’s a window to THE THING. That’s what makes it valuable. It’s not the thing I’m passionate about. But for a way of capturing, preserving, harboring, enhancing, the things I’m passionate about …

You really can’t beat photography.