I still remember the day I saved up enough money to buy my first camera. I have no idea what kind it was, but it was film and I took it everywhere. I really had no idea what I was doing. I just loved taking pictures of my life and eagerly waiting for the film to come back often MONTHS after the events. Which made reliving all the moments even more fun and exciting. Eventually my old film camera retired and I was given my first digital point and shoot. I took it to parties, overseas, concerts, on walks. Everywhere. It practically never left my back pocket. I just continued to document my life of high school and college, and pause any moment that made me feel alive. I loved seeing my story in photographs, and would fill my dorm room with all the pictures that reminded me of who I was and what I was meant to do. My photographs brought me a sense of peace and purpose.
I never knew it was possible to make a living as a photographer, so it was always just a hobby.
Until I was asked to do a wedding. And I'll be honest, I knew very little about the way of wedding photography. But the couple understood, it was last minute and they just wanted someone with a camera to document their day. By the time their wedding day came, I was so nervous I wanted to throw up the entire way there. When I finally arrived at the wedding, I met the wedding party and just starting shooting. And then everything clicked, it just felt right. All the fears went away and I just did what came so naturally.
I told a story.
And then everything changed. I realized I wanted to do more of this.
I want to tell wedding day stories with such honesty
when you look at your photos,
even years down the road,
you so clearly remember all that you felt.
All that you promised.
These are the moments I capture and cherish. They become more than decor on the walls. They are living memories kept forever, never too far away. They become a witness to your love. I know that marriage is not always easy, that it can be work to make good. It is a choice to love and to fight for that love, and I truly believe love and marriage are worth fighting for. If the photographs from your day remind you of your promises and keep you fighting, then I have done my job well to tell you story.
The one that generations to come will forever read in photographs.