Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Why I Do What I Do

Over the weekend, I got a short note from Sarah, one of my brides from this past May.

I just wanted to share with you how much your photos mean to me. My grandaddy passed away three weeks ago. I never knew how much pictures could mean until I looked back at the ones that you took of him and me at my wedding. You make a difference. :)

Wow! This is what it's all about. Not gonna lie, I teared up a bit, because I never know when the photos I take might be someone's last. How humbling is that?

I starting thinking about this and asked myself honestly, "Would I shoot differently if I knew the photos I took would be the last ones to remember someone by?" That's a hard question, and I'm not sure I want to answer it. But it's how I should be shooting all the time. And I try for that, I really do. Weddings are about the moments, the relationships, the LOVE for goodness sake! That's what I want people to remember when they look at my photos.

Thanks, Sarah, for bringing this back into focus for me and letting me share your story.


Serena said...

Well said. It's awesome that she shared that note with you - I sure would have teared up as well.

Anonymous said...

I also cherish those pictures you took at my daughter's (Sarah)wedding of her dancing with my dad. Little did we know on that day, he had brain cancer and would only be with us 8 more months. He had the time of his life and was so proud of his girl. Thanks for what you do and what you have left for our family.