As photographers, what we try to do is approximate – at best – the relationships that we are so lucky to peer in on. If you look around, it isn’t hard to find moments at a wedding. After all, it is a coming together of all your most important people – joyful emotions are heightened, gratitude more present than ever, tearful laughter & quiet anticipation abound. And family ties very much at the core of this.
Like any big event, there are so many details that come into place on that one day. Timelines, places to be, tables to be set, programs to be handed out…and on the image-creation end – we are working to take it all in, making sure we’ve captured all the details, the overall feel, the decore. We make sure we are in the right places at the right time and ask ourselves if we have created work filled with variety and creativity. We examine the environment, look for that perfect light, organize family & friends, embrace the weather. A million and one thoughts are going through our heads at any one moment – many of these thoughts surrounding the technical aspects, yes.
BUT experience has taught me that our best work comes in times when we allow our cameras to become an extension of ourselves – when we do take it personally. This is when the true spirit of the day shines through. For all of this, we are always amazed by YOU – our clients. You are our greatest advocates and we are forever changed by the spirit of your lives and the relationships you nurture. You let us into your lives. You make it personal for us.
This past August, I was lucky enough to document Andrew & Sarah’s big day. From the moment I met them, I felt we were kindred spirits on many levels. They live with open hearts and have such a strong sense of family – all of this making their wedding one of those days that stops you, moves you to the point of tears. I have a special place in my heart for Sarah’s relationship with her mom – they are best friends. You see it in every action, every holding back of tears, every proud glance, and subtle embrace.
These are the moments – up close, raw, authentic – these are the moments that forever change my understanding of our work, of what we do, of what it means – and more than anything, how lucky we are to photograph your very best day.
Wheresoever you go, I hope you approach it as an extension of yourself. We are all professionals in one field or another, but our greatest work – the work of our lives – comes when we let ourselves break through the technicalities, the clutter, the expectations and we find our own voice. Your clients will thank you. And your life’s story will too.
Thank you to the Martin & Stettner families – on our journey together, you remind me just how important connection is. You remind me that the sum of our work’s reward is in knowing and connecting with those whose paths we cross. And that is what we will always take with us.
Here’s to all of you!