About feeling insignificant

Recently, I acquired a new lens for use in Real Estate photography. While I was researching it, I learned that it is a pretty popular lens among certain astrophotographers, so once the lens arrived I was really looking forward to trying to capture the night sky.

This weekend, we had a relatively clear night so I decided to head out to shoot the stars with a friend of mine. Astrophotography is very new to me, and despite the fact that I went into this shoot with about zero location research, I am still happy with the outcome. As I was editing these images, zooming in and getting a more detailed glimpse into the vastness of the stars in the night sky, I couldn’t help but feel a little insignificant. It was just humbling to see how much of a small part of the universe that we are. I know this is not new information and it is a bit simple-minded, but it is still true. I feel like our society tends to create incredibly self-centered people, and the era of social media makes us care too little about those we come in contact with and too much about how others perceive us. It is important to keep in mind that you are a very small part of the world around you and that your life is much richer when you decide to become a part of something, rather than living your life for your advantage alone. We all have our times of weakness, so be thoughtful of others. Take time to listen, and to give. Avoid the conflict, break down the walls, and show someone that they matter to you.








Discipline and determination. | Fitness Photography Cleveland TN

I’ll be the first to admit that I have always struggled with discipline in my life. For as long as I can remember, it has been an issue for me. I used to get in trouble in elementary school for distracting others or not focusing when I needed to. Despite my incredible lack of discipline to do homework, I made it through high school based on my high test scores and tendencies for detail and information retention. If it were not for my observational skills and strong memory, I would more than likely be in a very different place in life.

Fast-forward to now and I still find myself at odds with discipline with certain things in my life. I believe that I am aided by my self-awareness and that awareness of the fact that I tend to lack discipline puts me in a place where I am always trying. I fail often, but I am encouraged by at least giving things a fair shot. The motivation to make something of myself pushes me to continue to try and reach for achievements, both personal and professional, and this blog is actually part of that challenge to remain disciplined. I am also inspired and motivated by my friends and family. I try to surround myself with people who inspire me to grow and to keep challenging myself. Having a strong support structure is integral to personal and professional growth. All of my friends are honest, straight-forward, and extremely talented. I say it all the time, that honesty is the most important aspect of any relationship. If you call yourself a friend or if you say you care about someone, it is your duty to provide honest critique to those you care about, to help them move forward. I tend to be brutally honest sometimes, but I will not stand by and let those around me stagnate in their personal and professional growth.

My good friend James Vassell has always been that kind of person. He is a straight shooter and he will not hesitate to call you out when you need it most. Whenever I spend time with him, he challenges me. Our conversations are almost always goal oriented and just observing his life, it motivates me to have more discipline. James has accomplished a lot in his life. He is an ordained minister, has his Masters in Mental Health Counseling, runs his own Crossfit gym, and has been counseling, life-coaching, preaching and ministering around the US and the world for most of his life. I’ve been lucky to aid James in different projects in his life, from working on his debut album (oh, I forgot to mention he is also a fantastic vocalist and talented musician) Clarity, to most recently shooting some promotional fitness photography for Crossfit Anistemi, the gym he runs with his fiancée Angela in Cleveland TN. James is a good friend, a good man, and a perfect example of discipline and determination. If you need to make some positive changes in your life, I encourage you to reach out to him. You will not be disappointed!

Now on to the photographs…

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