I saw this alluded to today, and had to look it up. I couldn’t find an original author, so I’ll leave it anonymous.
The Photographer’s 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.
to be an artist, collecting the beauty of every soul, the glow of youth,
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 photographer’s 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 …