Blogging? Whhaaaaaat?? Y'all. I'm not a blogger, I'm not even really going to pretend. I do want to figure a way to share more of what I'm doing than re-vamping the website every few months. (note: I'm not a web-master either. Web-master? Is that a thing? Hmmm.) What I actually am is a little bit of a mess. For example, back in January I thought I'd choose "intention" as my one-little-word for the year, and here in May I've realized that I haven't given that word much thought in..... quite a while. I could go into alllllll the things I had in mind to be more intentional about, but instead I'll start with the one thing I can really point at and say "these were intentional choices this particular year that were new and scary."
So today: Weddings.
So, like many portrait/family photographers, the thought of shooting weddings has always made me, ahem... nervous, to stay the least. I mean, no pressure, you only get this one day. It's going to be crazy, and rushed, and tension levels are high, and there is SO much to cover and remember.. not to even mention sneaking around a chapel like a ninja snapping away hoping you aren't blocking everyones teary-eyed view. Soooooo, I've never been jumping at the chance. I've actually turned down more than a few over the past few years. Then comes FAMILY... family is family right? So, sucked it up a few times last year and put more on the books for this year. It was nerve-wracking and high-paced and way out of my comfort zone, but when I got home and started sorting thru edits... I realized I loved it. I would find my cheeks hurting from smiling so much at the way the bride and groom were looking at each other, or the hilarious groomsmen, or the most perfect first dance shot.
My entire love of photography starts with the art of emotion I try to find within people. Its almost like me showing them how I, and probably a lot of others perceive them. My stepping into those family weddings made me realize that a wedding day? That's basically the christmas morning of emotional moments. Thus begins my year of "intentional weddings," not favors because I can, but because genuinely I want to be the person responsible for capturing their day. Still super scary, but I can always back up and re-evaluate, right? To keep it low-pressure, for now I'll only schedule a few a year and still focus on everyday lifestyle photography. Starting off my first "intentional wedding" (not first actual) was Mackenzie and Keith and it was a dream. They were amazing. Attractive, laid-back, terribly polite and calm. It was a gorgeous day and those two were crazy in love and it showed in every. single. picture. It probably spoiled me a little because it was such a low-key, well-planned event. No one was scrambling or too frazzled, everything from the wedding party to the decor looked absolutely beautiful. Delivering their images a few weeks ago was one of the scariest things I've ever done, but I only prayed they would love them as much I did. I'm so grateful for the two of them and the awesome wedding day that made me feel like I can definitely do this again.
MacKenzie + Keith
Wedding location: First Baptist Church of Cochran, Georgia