Photographers Prayer

Oh God, as I bring my subject into focus 
and prepare to make each Portrait, 
never let me forget that I'm creating treasures for some family, 
a keepsake for loved ones...
Make me sensitive to the qualities and virtues of others, 
that I may draw out into the light, 
the beautiful radiant belongings of 
their hearts....

Help me Oh Lord, to be an artist, 
collecting the beauty of every soul, 
the glow of youth, the wisdom of age, the gentleness, 
the laughter or tears of each life that is precious in thy sight...

Deeper than a means of livelihood, 
give me the perspective to see my photographic art 
as a service to others, making life richer and more memorable....

And, Dear Lord, between the lights and shadows, 
the ups and downs and the rolling years, 
keep me from getting out of focus or off center, 
so that my life and work may be framed with dignity 
and colored with contentment 
that you alone can provide...

~author unknown