good life – by shelby mills
Part of cultivating a good life is seeing the true beauty in others.
I have progressed over the years in my photography skills and have begun to develop my own personal style. What is it that I photograph? It is people, of course.
I once heard a quote that said, “If you want to know what someone is afraid of losing, look at what they photograph.” I think life is such a beautiful but oh so fragile thing. It’s easy for us to take for granted all the beauty that surrounds us each and every day. Getting woken up by the rising sun, hearing a roommate’s voice echo throughout the bathroom as she sings in the shower, a kind smile or compliment from a stranger, or a call from a loved one who somehow knew exactly what you needed to hear; these are the simple things.
Then there’s the deeper moments in life, like a conversation with a friend that connects you two together, someone belting out a genuine laugh with their head thrown back and their hands clenched around their sides because it hurts so good, or watching others serve and reach out to those who may be a little different than the rest. These are the moments that I live for. These are the reasons I am truly and utterly in love with people.
God has created so many beautiful things for us to enjoy, but I think that His most beautiful creations are His children. The opportunity I’m given to capture their personality, happiness, pains, feelings, and raw laughter is an honor. There are moments as a photographer when your subject has let themselves open up in front of your eyes and your finger presses down on the button at the perfect time to capture their raw beauty. That is a moment that makes being a photographer worth it.
We all are beautiful in our own unique ways, and I am not just saying that to say it. I truly believe that every single human possesses their own unique beauty. Beautiful outside coupled with a beautiful inside? That makes for an even more beautiful image. That is why I photograph people, to capture the essence of the love, light, and raw beauty that lies in each and every one of us.
Photo credit: Nick Sorenson
Note from Becky
Shelby is one of the finest young women I know. Her heart is gold, and as you can tell – she has a gift of truly seeing the good (not just beauty, but GOOD) in others. As an 18-year-old college student, she is totally setting herself up for success in life because she finds happiness in serving others, sharing her talents, lifting those around her, and in my opinion – being a role model to women – regardless of their age. Plus, Shelby has mad talent behind the lens and has found photography as a very integral part of her existence. And what’s not to love about someone who cultivates a good life and records it?