Working Through Roadblocks

This week has been really rough for a lot of people- including myself. No matter what side you are on, the tension and division of this election has taken a toll on everyone. As someone who likes to keep things light and positive, it was sobering to see friends and family divided in their opinions. 

Despite it being hard to feel creative, Trish and I decided to collaborate on a shoot this week. When brainstorming concepts, I quickly decided that this was a great chance for us to let go and laugh. (I was finally able to break out my cheesy photographer jokes). It was a great reminder that the best thing I can do when I am at a roadblock is to use my work as an outlet, not as a barrier. I feel refreshed and excited after sharing some laughs and exploring the city a bit more.

While it is cliche, sometimes, laugher is the best medicine. In this case, it brought back my creativity and reminded me about my goal as a photographer: to bring joy to others. 

When Dogs are Family

Some families are nuclear. Some are blended. Others, have furbabies. 

Drew, Claire, and their Yorkie "Bailey" make the perfect trio. From their perfectly coordinated outfits to Bailey's notable obedience, this little family has a big heart. 

While animals add a challenging element to photoshoots- not wanting to sit still or follow directions- they bring a high energy to your photo session. If you are nervous about being in front of the camera, bringing your dog may ease your jitters. Their lovable energy brings out smiles and laughter- naturally! They also make the photographer happy too! 

Wedding Day Conversations

My favorite part of wedding photography is the bond I form with my clients. While the photographs I create are timeless for them, the conversations we share are timeless for me. 

I have talked brides through their pre-wedding jitters as they waited to be walked down the aisle- I am always humbled that they look to me for a hand to hold when they are nervous. Couples have shared their "how-we-met" stories- and the "how-they-proposed" synopsis. I am reminded on a daily basis about how love is formed and how it grows. Parents show me baby photos of their bride-to-be. Groomsmen tell me jokes while we ride together in the limo.  

Sometimes, conversations are brief. Maybe, it's just chatting with a groom about his hobbies to take his mind off of his nerves. Other times, it's laughing with the bridesmaids about a silly selfie. These moments may seem fleeting, but some of my most fond memories come from my clients' willingness to invite me into their lives- even if just for a day. 

No matter what the style of the wedding is, they all have one thing in common: We come as strangers, but we leave as friends.