Shortly after having our engagement photos taken, I knew I wanted to be a photographer (if you read last week’s post, you know that I actually even bought my first camera off of our Washington, DC wedding photographer!). I loved the feeling I was left with after our session ended and again after seeing our images for the first time — the joy that those images brought us was unmatched. You know the feeling: butterflies and excitement; it feels like you’re falling in love all over again. I immediately knew I wanted to bring that same joy to the lives of others but I wasn’t sure why. Many photographers before me have searched for this answer and I love Mary Marantz‘s advice on not stopping at the first response. Sure, it’s easy to say you enjoy being a photographer to capture the joy of love. But WHY?
And as I’ve dug deeper, I’ve realized it’s not my job to simply capture the joy of love. Of course as a wedding photographer that comes with the territory, but at the core of my business, what I want to be capturing is your love story. That it existed. That it mattered. And that it was worth the fight to get to this exact moment. Because the journey is so much more powerful. When marriage gets hard — and trust me, it inevitably will — you’ll have authentically documented the foundation that got you to now.
My favorite image from our wedding day is of our first dance. To an outsider, it looks like nothing; you can’t even see my face! But for me, this was the best moment of our entire day. The years of dating long distance throughout the summer; graduating and finding jobs during the economic downfall; navigating a career and building a life — all that work was the journey that got us to that exact moment and we were simply happy being together, as husband and wife.
This is our story. Find a photographer who will tell yours.