As a creative, I have found that I just love photographing people. Having said that, in the photography world, there's pressure to specialize in just one genre - just kids, just families, just Seniors, just weddings, etc. I absolutely see where that can be completely effective and great for business. Heck, maybe I should do that. However, it's so hard for me to say that I will only photograph one thing. I just can't right now. I love capturing life, and there are just so many aspects of life that I find beautiful! For instance, I absolutely love the wonder and innocence of babies and toddlers.
Nothing makes my heart happier than seeing little kids running, playing, giggling, and being completely carefree!
Witnessing the connection and unending love among families is so rewarding and precious.
Spending time with high school Seniors is so refreshing. They have the whole world ahead of them, and they have so much excitement for life!
When I'm with a couple that is so in love, it takes me back to when I was newly in love with Jonathan...over 17 years ago! Being in love is the best feeling in the world. See what I mean? There are just so many aspects of life that are too beautiful for me to refrain from capturing.
And that leads me to the reason that I have decided to market myself again for weddings. Whether you are a photographer or not, you can probably imagine that photographing weddings is a big job. I'm not going to lie...I usually feel like I've ran a marathon at the end of the wedding day...or spent an entire day at Disney World in the blazing sun! Haha! But...I have found over and over again that there is just no other day in a person's life that encompasses so many aspects of life all at once. What do I mean by that? I mean that every stage of life is represented at a wedding. For that one day, a Mama and Daddy reminisce about their "baby" who is now grown and marrying the person of their dreams.
Stories are shared about childhood and the years that were so very short. There are usually baby and childhood pictures displayed! Family members visit from near and far. Siblings shed tears and funny stories about their childhood and teenage years!
For a father and daughter, walking down the isle is the moment they've both imagined for her whole life.
I love seeing precious grandparents as they bask in the joy of the day...seeing all of their children and grandchildren in one place.
Weddings are joyful...everyone is happy (and maybe a little stressed at times - haha) and full of hope! Weddings also encompass nearly every human emotion...happiness, sadness, excitement, nervousness, pride, joy...and the list goes on. A wedding day is simply overflowing with life in so many ways, and that is why I love being there! It all goes back to my WHY. I want to see people living. I want to honor my precious daughter, London, and use the gifts God has given me in order to love & serve others through photography. After losing my daughter, I know the power of a picture and a moment captured for a lifetime. Our memories are absolutely priceless!
A few months ago, I felt that I shouldn't book any more weddings because of the demands of still teaching full time and having two very busy boys. I turned many people away and felt, at the time, that it was right for me and my family. However, after lots of thought and prayer, I feel that booking more weddings is exactly what I need to do! I am so excited to celebrate love & life with so many new people this year! So...if you are a fun, laid back bride looking for a fun, laid back photographer, I would love to talk to you about your big day!! You can contact me HERE! If you'd like to view more wedding images, you can click HERE. One of my favorite weddings to date was recently featured in the Spring/Summer edition of Louisville Bride! You can read about it on the blog HERE!