Shoot like a Girl | Reframe

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Day 39: Behind the lens.

I had it all figured out. If there would be ever something truly important to share with the world, I would write the words and someone else would take the pictures – someone far more qualified to follow the rules of thirds and isolate subjects perfectly and ensure the colors were just right.

The two were like dance for me. I was a writer – ebbing and flowing like bare-footed modern – while photographers were precise and technical like ballet.

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And so I took pictures to accompany my stories – pictures that looked a whole lot more like modern dance. And I waited for a ballerina to come and make everything right.

And then, one day, she was there. The ballerina. She looked at me and smiled. “Do you know what I like the most about your stories?” she said. “Your pictures.” I looked at her, puzzled. “Oh, but you must be mistaken. I’m waiting for a photographer to come and make my stories beautiful.”

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“No, my love. Your pictures ARE visual stories- you see story. And do you know what I see? I see color. Your stories are full of color.” And the ballerina taught me something more than rules. She taught me to reframe – not what was being captured in the lens, but the way I viewed myself behind it.

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Oh, I still love the ballet beauty of a photographer, but this ballerina taught me that the way I dance is good. She breathed fresh life into my story by breathing life into the ways I tell stories. And I will forever be in her debt.

I pray today a ballerina walks into your life and helps you reframe what you see.

(A little bonus today – another who has helped me to reframe what I know about love. His #lovenotes have inspired, encouraged, cheered, lifted, and caffeinated me.)

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Shoot like a Girl began as part of the #31days project. You can learn more about the “why” of my story and see all mydaily posts here. I’d love to stay in touch with you – be sure to subscribe to my blog to get updates on stories and special projects, including something beautiful my ballerina and I are working on together!

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About Ronne Rock

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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