There is this photo of my dad as a little boy. It sometimes sat on my dresser when I was growing up. I say sometimes, because my sister often stole it to put it her room. And then I would take it back. This went on for years before my mom realized and made a copy. We lost our dad at a very young age so I know from very personal experience that memories are a precious commodity.
Kodak nailed it all those years ago when they called photos, “priceless”.
Ask anyone who’s ever lost someone: when a photo is all you have left of someone, it will become your most valuable possession. I was forced to acknowledge at a very early age that life is short. Tomorrow is not a promise. And just because we are not ready to say goodbye, does not mean that we will not have to say it.
So I do my best to live without regrets. I leave nothing on the table. I believe that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing with your whole heart. In a world that focuses on the materialistic and superficial, I choose to focus on something lasting, something that will make a difference.
I am a sometimes ridiculous idealist, often over-the-top dream-chaser with an always love of love, stories, and people. I belief your sleeve is the only place for your heart and that dreams only need a plan to become a goal and a reality. And to be honest with you, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My degree is in creative writing and I was first a story teller, a lover of love, a cheesy romantic, and a believer of all things magical. I sort of fell into being a wedding photographer- even though it should have been an obvious choice, all things considered. But I honestly believe this is what I was meant to do with my life.
I am a 31 year old single wedding photographer (the irony is not lost on me). So, while I am starring in my own romantic comedy, I am so honored to tell the love stories of my clients-turned-friends.
I don’t just take pretty pictures. I capture memories. And I take that job very seriously, so that even when you are old and gray, you will remember how you felt that day. The day you married the love of your life. And one day, hopefully when I am an old women at the end of my life, I, too, will have these photographs as memories to show all the lives I have touched. For I have built a life for myself based on love- surrounded by it, in fact- because to me, love is the purpose of life.
With every ounce of my being, with my whole heart, I believe that love is the closest thing we have to magic, and that finding your soulmate amongst the billions of people on this earth is nothing short of a miracle.
I really would love to document the magic of your love story from the very beginning, one that you will someday share with your children and grandchildren so that they may believe in magic too. I find proof that magic does exist in this world even when it isn’t easy to see, and I preserve it so that you may never forget.
I urge you to live fearlessly and love fiercely. This is my motto. This is my anthem. One that I will not forget and I hope you will try to remember.
“To love a person is to see all of their magic and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.” unknown
I truly believe that everyone has a little bit of magic in them. I owe all of mine to my parents.
So Mom and Dad: this is for you.