“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
There are two kinds of family photo – the posed and the “this is what’s happening” variety. Typically, I prefer shots of people in their “natural habitat;” but sometimes, just to make sure all the bases are covered, the posed portraits work like a charm.
Kudos to the photo people on Royal Caribbean. They were patient, they worked with us, and they came up with a great result. This is The Derek and Rebekah Maul Family – quite the change since we launched things at our wedding back in 1979. Events like this mark the passage of time; I’ll call it an exclamation mark!
My niece Hannah and her crew missed the professional with $10,000 of equipment and a white backdrop; so I stepped in with my Nikon D3100 and a backdrop of – what a great idea – the ocean!
Of course the Roberts family know how to “smile pretty.” The early evening light was perfect, and my only regret is that their youngest, Harper, stayed home with her grandma and didn’t get to join the rest of the family on the adventure. (More from this shoot below).
With the exception of the “Granddaughters in hats” session, my other family photos are more casual. I especially like the candid series of Rebekah and Naomi on deck, watching Tampa recede into the late afternoon light.
I am discovering, and I’ll write more about this when I highlight our long day in Mexico, that I’m somewhat of an anthropologist. People are fascinating, and when I photograph them candidly, “in their natural habitat,” they are always – quite simply – beautiful.
I’ll let that stand as my “take-away” from today’s post. Life is beautiful; people are beautiful. If we take the trouble to look, to listen to one-another, to learn the stories, then anything is possible in terms of deepening relationships.
In the name of Jesus – the one who is in the business of healing relationships – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.