What To Say & When To Say It…Session with Worship Leader & Songwriter Chanda Mukula
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
It’s weird. I’m not even sure how to start this thing off but here goes nothing…
My name is Kalita. I am a photographer.
Well, I’m more than a photographer; I help encapsulate reality through imagery, like a “capturer” of moments. Yeah, that sounds right.
My name is Kalita, and I capture moments.
Photography is a gift to the future. Through photography, through a still shot, generations are able to see, and possibly feel, a moment in time.
As a “capturer” of moments, one of my main desires is to help bring forth the most authentic versions of the people I am capturing. That is why I was overjoyed when singer song-writer, Chanda Mukula contacted me to do her session!
For those of you who don’t know her, let me introduce you to Chanda. She is the writer of such beautiful melodies as “Have Your Way” and the mega gospel hit taking the world by storm “Mention” .
In preparation for a national conference geared toward creatives, the Create 19 event, Chanda wanted to update her head shots.
Like most of my creatives, time is usually an issue –she’s a busy woman (and she’s only going to get busier). We only had 1-hour to get this session done. Let me tell you, she made that hour count.
While setting up, Chanda and I were able to chat about some of the additional upcoming events she had to prepare for. She and Fresh Start Worship were performing at the Pre-Show for the The Stellar Awards. We talked about the impact the words she had written, specifically for the song “Mention,” were having on the hearts of the people who heard it. She mentioned (see what I did there) that while creating it she had to remain quiet for a long time so that she could fully articulate what God wanted to relay to His people.
One thing she said that will forever remain with me “if you’re quiet and listen to what God is saying to you, He will tell you exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to say it!”
Now, that’ll preach!
I don’t know if any other songwriters do this, but you can tell that her words were designed to create an impact!
After I gathered myself together (the girl had me crying and what not), my job was easy. Chanda expressed that she would probably need some assistance with posing but honestly, she is more of a pro than she realizes. She has a lot of personality and that bleeds through these images.
Really catching people in their most sincere moments is what I try to do with my gift in photography. I am so grateful that I had the chance to capture one of the sincerest songwriters and worship leaders I know—Chanda Mukula!
The song “Mention” by Fresh Start Worship is available on all digital platforms.