Posted by Contributor Gabriel –

Wow, it has been a long time since I have had theprivilegeof posting to all you LeahAndMark readers, but I am excited to be able to write here and share my latest shoot.

Life has been crazy busy, I have been working full time,building websites on the side, getting ready to join a startup company, supporting my wife who is nearly halfway through her doctorate program at Life University, spending as much time as I can with my two kids and trying to squeeze in as much photography as I possibly can. Yup, it never ends, but it is worth it…

I have always taken the perspective that I want to do as much as possible with my life, doing everything I can to not say no to an opportunity, even if it is something that makes me uncomfortable, or stretches me out of my comfort zone. So when Heather Cobbs, abranding and social media strategist helping companies inspire and connect with their audience, asked me to join up with her to help with the re-branding of the website for Integrated Financial Group here in Atlanta, of course I said yes, then she asked if I was ok with doing a photoshoot in a small plane…..

I dunno if I have mentioned this, but I don’t particularly like flying. It is not that I am scared of flying, it just sets me on edge. And no, it is not because I haven’t had the opportunity to fly much, I have spent extensive time in the air over the past 5 years, and it just isn’t the most enjoyable experience for me. But…. I had an awesome opportunity, and I wasn’t about to say no because it made me feel uncomfortable, plus, I always told myself that I might feel different about flying if I ever had the opportunity to fly in the cockpit.

After a couple reschedules due to weather, me and Don Patrick of Integrated Financial Group were able to meet up and head skyward last Saturday morning.

The purpose of the shoot was to profile Don. In addition to his position at Integrated Financial Group, Don flys for AngelFlight– an awesome cause thatarranges free air transportation for people that have a medical need that cant be filled in their local area – he has also been flying since he was 16. I was expecting to be nervous, but as we loaded up, it felt like the most natural thing ever. No jitters, no nervousness, nothing. If anything it was the opposite. Peace, calm, escape. It was in a word amazing.

Even when Don turned over the controls to me for 30 minutes, nervousness stayed at bay and instead I was able to just take in the experience and enjoy being in the air, it was intoxicating. Oh, and I got to take some pretty awesome pictures too.

Don’t let the business of life, or your own apprehensions get in the way of saying yes to some amazing opportunities, you may find out some amazing things about yourself…

Now I just need to find out how to add flying lessons to my life and budget 🙂