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What a strange year this has been for all of us. COVID-19 has changed the way we live and do things, and it seems that it’s not going away anytime soon. So, our church decided to go ahead and confirm this latest groups of confirmands the best way they could, and I was set to take pictures.

What a wonderful Sunday morning we had with Zach and a group of his church friends a few weekends ago. It’s not at all the way we had pictured this special confirmation day, but the people at Suncreek United Methodist Church, took the lemons of COVID-19 and made some yummy lemonade for us.

It is certainly a confirmation that we will not soon forget. For many reasons. What a special day for Zach and his friends. And what a crazy and unorthodox way to celebrate confirmation. Kudos to the loving leaders, teachers and volunteer parents at our church who worked so hard over the past year to guide these kids on this wonderful spiritual journey we call confirmation.

Such harsh lighting, and you can’t even see the confirmand, but I still cherish this photo. Always better to have something rather than nothing….

We all put on our masks and headed to the church for this unusual, outdoor confirmation. None of us really knew what to expect, but we were excited that confirmation was finally taking place. And I was a bit nervous about taking these photos, as I knew I would not be able to move around because of social distancing. I had one spot I could shoot from, and it was not at all what I would’ve chosen if I had been able to consider lighting, which in this case was the very bright sun beating down on us!

The pictures are not my best work, as I was not able to move around and photograph from different spots avoiding the harsh light streaming in through the trees. But with COVID, I was restricted to one spot, away from everyone just to be safe. The good news is that with every opportunity to take pictures for people, I learn something new.

In this case, I learned that any picture (even a bad one) is better than no picture at all. When you cannot control your location or the lighting, take the picture anyway. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did! Even with the harsh light on faces and the dark shadows, I’m still very glad I have these pictures to remember this special occasion.

I was really happy when we were able to take a few photos after the service with some of our close friends in a nice, cool shady patch without our masks. But, all the pictures are special to me, and I will cherish them. Bad lighting and all…

Hopefully, things will be back to normal soon, and we will be able to attend church for real, instead of watching it online and celebrating outside.

Got a special event coming up that you’d like to capture? Check out my page on special photo session photography. I’d love to work with you.

Until next time…

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