Shoot like a Girl | Uncomposed


Day 32: Austin, Texas.

We stood under the towering oak trees as the morning sun played peek-a-boo through the leaves, whispering “new day, new mercy.” Grabbing work gloves, shovels and bags of soil, we set out with the grand plan of illustrating collaboration and growth. Photos walking, photos digging, photos planting. Video of the watering and the passing from person to person.

Every move, so deliberate.

I set my phone down for a moment to focus on the composition of a shot – to find the perfect angle and the perfect positioning of the flower or pot or whatever it was that was so important at the time. It was so very important. So. Very.

And then I glanced back. And what I saw took my breath away. The phone  that wasn’t attempting to compose anything at all but simply take in what it was seeing had found true depth of beauty in blurred light and lines. My deliberate efforts to compose perfection couldn’t compare.

I can’t remember at all what that so.very. important shot was supposed to be. But I remember the glance and the beauty. And I pray my eyes stay open to always see the uncomposed. Because we all need moments that take our breath away.


Shoot like a Girl began as part of the #31days project. You can learn more about the “why” of my story and see all my daily posts here.

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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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2 thoughts on “Shoot like a Girl | Uncomposed”

  1. I’m so glad you’re continuing with these series! I love the uncomposed shots, they reflect real life. Yeah, it might be messy and imperfect, but there’s a beauty to be found that is better than any perfection we could attempt to orchestrate.

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