In All Things

by Sydney Michalski

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17, KJV)

So there I was, getting ready to photograph Joe’s recent work and update the website…

And I had a question to answer…Every piece had a label on it. Should I remove the label to photograph the piece, or should I leave the label on?

It would take longer to remove every label, shoot the item, and then put the label back on.

I didn’t need the labels in the shot, because on the website, all of the information would be in the caption.

I could simply pick whatever worked best for me, whatever I thought would be the easiest, or the best use of my time, or whatever I thought would look the best.

But I didn’t want to decide based on my own opinion, my own thoughts or preferences or wisdom. I didn’t want to go look at other successful websites to see what they decided, or to see if there were any tips or rules or best practices about whether it’s better to have a label in a product photo.

“Lord, should I take the labels off, or leave the labels on?”

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17, KJV)

This scripture is on the back of all of Joe’s labels. And so, I left the labels on…Because, by shooting the label with the item, I am honoring God’s word with every photo! I am reminding myself, and sharing with every viewer, that everything we make in our family is for the honor of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. I am sending God’s word out, in every picture, with the certainty that His word never returns empty or in vain, but always accomplishes that which He pleases.

In every little thing in life, even whether or not to leave a label in a photograph, there is a clear, biblical answer.

Leave the label on!

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