A Lesson Photography Has Taught Me

I photographed a wedding recently.  It was one of the funnest weddings I had been to this year; one to remember.  The wedding was a photographers dream.  Weather:  sunny and bright, beautiful fall foliage to compliment the vibrant colors of the wedding party, Venue: intimate, sweet, and charming.  An atmosphere that brought out my overwhelming joy for the couple on their special day. Bride/Groom: Perfect!  The kind of couple that has a beautiful spirit, a unique kind of love, knows how to laugh, and is always fun to be around.

These are the types of weddings I simply adore.

About a month after the wedding,  I emailed the bride just to say hello and tell her how much I loved photographing her wedding. Her response dropped my jaw wide open.  Her father had passed away.  I closed my eyes and shook my head as I felt such pain for her loss; I could only imagine how she was feeling. She had found comfort in looking at old photos of her and her dad when she was a kid and perhaps even more so in the photos of her father walking her down the aisle.  Those memories will be with her forever.

This experience has profoundly shaped my perspective in my role as a photographer.  To capture the very essence and spirit of people in their natural environment is what is most important to me.  Sure, it's fun to use different forms of lighting and photoshop techniques to enhance the picture; I certainly do this in my photography.  But to capture and document life in a genuine and heartfelt way is what makes a photo come to life and be preserved in your minds eye forever.

As always, thanks for reading.

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