Devotion ~ There's a story behind every photo...Early in 2018 while on a shoot in Japan, I went to the Kosho-Ji Temple outside of Kyoto hoping to get some photos of cultural interest. Initially they only allowed me to photograph the exterior grounds, but then the head monk took a look at my photographs and asked if I would photograph him in the sanctuary where he prays...an area that was otherwise off limits to visitors, much less photographers. He changed into his formal robes and we did a half hour shoot while he prayed and meditated. It was beyond awesome! Afterwards, he took me into the private residence and served me tea while we chatted. He loved the pics I shot and asked me to email them to him. He also said that I was destined to be a doctor long before my mom ever met my dad because of the intensity and dedication he saw in my eyes. Finally, he walked me outside and we said our good-byes and bowed to one another. He waited there while I walked the 200 yard long driveway and was out of sight as a sign of respect. It's experiences like this that make everything that much more worthwhile.