Into their eyes.

“Into their eyes”

Written to “You Are All I See” by Active Child

(Photographs by Montana Dennis of my beautiful wife and I.)

A narcissistic and myopic industry will always lack diversity because it’s only drawing from itself.

We are missing out on a goldmine of diversity if we only turned our attention to our clients. Those that have paid us to tell their story. When we limit our art to our own perspectives, passions and emotions our clients become props, completely interchangeable. They become part of our “style” and the longing to create through capturing just becomes a frustration to create.

Like in marriage, being ourselves will help us to attract the right mate. But what if we stop there? What if we only focus on our goals and passions and ignore their vulnerabilities and the things that move them? Where will we be?

When we invest in the eyes that are looking into our camera, it becomes less about the painting and more about the brush strokes. The subtleties. The things that they might not even know about themselves.

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I believe it is those moments, those stories that will bring real growth. And rather than seeking to be noticed by the blogs and the magazines. We will seek to be cherished by those moved most; The mother who can’t stop crying, the bride that can’t stop smiling, the husband that can’t stop staring.

We need to stop looking outward and start looking into their eyes again.

with love,

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  1. Montana Dennis
    Montana Dennis On October 16, 2013 at 5:22 am Reply

    You are the man x 17. I love it.

  2. Jessica
    Jessica On October 16, 2013 at 5:45 am Reply

    This is very convicting in the best way possible.

  3. Christina
    Christina On October 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm Reply

    This times a million. Awesome.

  4. Samantha
    Samantha On October 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply

    How beautiful.

    As a fellow photographer, thank you for the reminder. I was recently in west Africa, and realized the same thing- when you start looking to tell the story that each person has, it’s not about capturing perfection, but rather capturing the person.

    Thank you!


  5. Christopher Walker
    Christopher Walker On October 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Well put! Thank you for this!

  6. Kristen Curette
    Kristen Curette On October 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Thank you for this, because it need to be said & I needed to read it. You have inspired me all over again.

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