True Friendship

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~Elizabeth Lawrence  

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
 

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life — to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot

dreamin' with you...

I was honored to capture some memories for Aaron and Natalie to announce their engagement. This is just a few of my favorite images that I wanted to share with y'all. Hope you like...

until next time,

ggoss

Wherever I'm goin', wherever I'm stayin'
It doesn't matter, long as I'm stayin' with you, stayin' with you

I'm always happy, whatever I'm doin'
It doesn't matter, long as I do it with you, do it with you

I may never have much silver and gold
But, I've got something more precious and warmer to hold
And that old rockin' chair don't scare me, like it used to
It doesn't matter, as long as I'm rockin' with you

Wherever I'm workin', whatever it's payin'
It doesn't matter, long as it's workin' with you, workin' with you

These things I believe in, some people call dreamin'
It doesn't matter, long as I'm dreamin' with you, dreamin' with you

I may never have much silver and gold
But, I've got something more precious and warmer to hold
And that old rockin' chair don't scare me, like it used to
It doesn't matter, as long as I'm rockin' with you

No, it doesn't matter, as long as I'm rockin' with you
No, it doesn't matter, as long as I'm rockin' with you

As long as I'm rockin' with you



Read more: John Conlee - As Long As I'm Rockin' With You Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Focus

I have been trying to find the words to explain my obsession with capturing  so many images of my church. I am so not good with words. Or if the words come...I have probably put the punctuation in the wrong place and things like that. So if you are an English major, please put a blindfold on. You are going to need one. I am a photographer not a writer. But in my attempt to create my photography page...I will do my best to be more transparent with my words and not just my images. 

When we finished our new sanctuary at PGPC, everyone was showing off the new building on instagram. I personally thought it was awesome. But some did not. I heard a few voices that were tired of seeing the church pictures. Well...I made up my mind that I was going to attempt to get a new perspective of the church every chance I could. 

As I attempted to capture the church in different perspectives and edits, God was teaching me to view other things in my life differently. If you are very close to the church, all you see is the church.  But if you take a step back,  the church is smaller and the world around you is bigger. This is also true for life's problems. If we stay focused on the church, all we see is the church and how great God is. On the other hand, take a step back..look at life around you and then look at the church. The church is not your focus then, its your life. 

I am not by no means talking to anyone but myself on this page. After all, not many even know that I have this page yet. :) 

So...when you see my images of the church. Remember...I am blocking out every hurtful thing that comes my way in this life by keeping my focus on the church.

One of the dear ladies in my church always prays.....Lord, help me not to look to the left nor the right. Help me to keep my eyes on you. 

That is such a powerful prayer to me... It's all about focus.

until next time, 

ggoss

 

 

Expectations

When Cindy and I first spoke about scheduling a photo session with Kolby and Kameron, I must admit I had concerns on my ability in capturing the inner soul of these boys. In other words, I knew my limitations. So I prayed. Hard. I didn't want to disappoint Cindy and her family with what I captured. 

My assistant and I were amazed at the expectations that Kolby had for the photo session. He had obviously been doing some research on his best pose. He was the sweetest young man that I have ever to this day met. He has a wonderful sense of humor. 

The youngest boy has more disabilities than the older. I wasn't sure if we connected at first. I wasn't sure of his expectations. But once I came home and opened up the images on my laptop, I realized that He and I did connect. 

This session made me reevaluate my expectations in God. Do I believe that God is BIG enough to handle the expectations that I have for HIM? Richard Alleine said that "the reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more". That statement is stuck on repeat as I look into the eyes of these sweet boys. Jesus really came thru for me on this session...when my expectations were limited. What would happen if I took the limits off my faith and just believed? 

I pray that you enjoyed this very first installment on my new "page". As you can tell, I do better telling our stories thru images than I do words. Thank you for supporting me in my new adventure in photography. 

These are just a few sneak peaks of their session. 

until next time,

ggoss