What a Photoshoot Taught Me

A picture is worth a thousand words, right?


Recently my buddy Tony Staires and I got together for a bit to talk about life, issues, and challenges. Afterwards, he and I drove downtown. I wanted some good, high quality glamour shots, and Tony agreed to take them. I’m no photographer, so I relied on Tony’s keen eye for detail on locations to take the best pictures.

Oddly enough, he wanted to take pictures in front of abandoned buildings.

I remember thinking to myself, “Standing in front of an abandoned building taking pictures doesn’t make any sense. I don’t see how I’ll have impressive pictures if they include rundown, abandoned old buildings.”

But here’s what I didn’t know: old, abandoned buildings have more details and contrast better against a subject than most new buildings.


Because of this: an old building has had some pretty amazing experiences that helped shape what it eventually would become.

The nicks and scratches and holes and dents: they define the appearance of the building. Imperfections give the building its character.

In a sense, imperfections tell a story.

And that’s the same with humans, isn’t it?

Look at yourself for a moment. What imperfections do you have? What scratches and dents have you accumulated over the years?

What story do they tell?

Next time you want to take a great shot, find a building with character.

Next time you want to learn more about people, find a person who’s been through life a little. Find a person with character.

Because a picture is worth a thousand words.



2 thoughts on “What a Photoshoot Taught Me

  1. Imperfections do tell a story! I like this photo because I am studying about true worship with our women’s Bible study group. We are reading a book called “Satisfy My Thirsty Soul” by Linda Dillow. In the second chapter of the book, Linda writes, “Whenever we see the holiness of God, we are forced to look at our lack of holiness.” She asks us to read Isaiah 6 and understand how Isaiah must have felt when he experienced a worship so deep that he saw God! Linda tells us that he (Isaiah) looked inward and was overcome by his own sinfulness and that by the Grace of God, he was cleansed from within. This gave Isaiah the ability to make the famous statement that we all know “Here am I Lord, send me!”

    Back to the photo and human imperfections. No matter how hard WE try, we are still sinful creatures in bondage to the world! We need to learn to worship Him in a true sense of worship by living a lifestyle that says we belong to Him and not just go through the motions donning the clothes of a Christian. When we can look inward at our own sinfulness and give it all to Him, then we will be able to break free from the bondage that holds us captive.

    This was my favorite photo from your photo shoot with Tony. Thanks for always sharing your heart and living a life of transparency!

    In Christ!

    • What’s interesting about that Isaiah 6 encounter (and I’ve never thought about it in this light until you mentioned it) is that Isaiah’s tongue/mouth area became an imperfection after that hot coal was applied.

      I guarantee Isaiah never forgot that moment, that story to tell.

      To quote you, “Imperfections do tell a story!”

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