Last night was a rough stock event at Crossroads Arena in Penrose, CO. I met some intimidation when I got there; a veteran rodeo photographer. Fortunately, he was friendly. A man named Tim Brown. And, he was kind enough to share some insight, plus his story.
We chatted for awhile, mostly discussing the lighting. Mechanics discuss torque and big blocks, photographers discuss lighting and ISO’s. It’s a thing, seriously. None the less, for a rodeo contestant that arena is a dream, but for a photographer, the lighting is a test of skill, patience and mostly luck.
I don’t really believe in luck, so I took my humble self to the corner and prayed. “God, help me. Please.” I had one hour to set my camera as best as I could for what I was facing. High speed action in a low light setting.
It dawned on me while I was pushing buttons and doing test shots, that as I’ve pressed into new territory during 2016, ive spoken those words over and over, “God, help me. Please.” And, He has.
By nature, I’m an introvert and am by no means the person you will find zip-lining for a thrill. It took hours of pep talk, for my family to get me on a tube in the river this past summer. I like the familiar. Period. This job I do has meant I have learned something; if I want to work, I have to step into every scenario alone. Scared or not, saying, “God help me. Please.”
Today, is a new day and the beginning of a new year. There will be many of those prayers coming up, because I have no intention of letting go of my dreams. Every ounce of me is uncomfortable. But, a plan is in front of me, and all I can do is, go do it.
I’ve now met enough photographers in my field to realize, I can only learn more from them, because they are so very skilled. They have more experience than I do, so I listen to every word they say. A free education is the best one. It’s through me walking past my fears and taking advice from these wonderful people, that stepping into 2017 means I’m going in a little better than I was yesterday.
If I can do it, anyone can. All you have to do is let go a little bit and take one step, even if that step is saying, “God help me. Please.”