Happens Every Year
It happens every year around this time. I get a call asking if I will do a portrait in the Sacred Grove. I explain why I don’t photograph in the Sacred Grove, and they still schedule a portrait session one I explain why.
We end up taking the portrait outside the grove, usually with the grove in the background. I don’t photograph inside the grove because it is a special, sacred place. How many places on earth do you know of where God and Jesus appeared?
I can think of only a few others. It is hallowed ground and I do my best to respect it as such.
Tonight’s family was especially fun to photograph. A couple with their 5 adult children, their spouses, and their children had me do a big family photo and then individual family units. Grandma and grandpa also did one with their 10 grandchildren.
What made it special for me is they were able to pull this off. They were able to get the entire family to take time off and travel to Palmyra. I can understand why they want the family portrait. This is something that is only going to happen once in a lifetime.
I have to admit I was stressing earlier in the day. I knew it was a big group, and I was stressing about the light, my equipment being ready, carrying all that equipment 1/4 mile to the location. In the end, I shouldn’t have stressed. It worked well.
I returned home to hear France had a terrorist attack. Last I heard over 70 people dead. A big truck (like a semi-truck) ran in to a crowd celebrating Bastille Day. 70 people died and many others were injured. Police shot and killed the driver before more damage could be done.
Reading in the Book of Mormon it hit me hard. Things like this aren’t going to change until people start keeping God’s commandments, especially those dealing with morality.