Six years of weddings, babies, families, couples, NBA players, drift competitions and rock stars. 6 years of pushing myself and my camera to produce work that I could be proud of. Six years of constantly questioning myself as an artist and the motivation behind my work. I couldn’t do it anymore.
Five months ago I decided to follow a new path and concentrate my energy and time on some of my other strengths. Namely, internet marketing and all the geekiness it entails. I adore it. I genuinely love my job and the folks that I get to create amazing things with over at C3 Web Studio.
But there was a moment that shook me. It made me question everything I had known about myself as a photographer for six years. The reasons I started shooting, the way I pushed myself, why I was always seeking a deeper connection with my clients.
That moment came three months ago, when I handed my last camera off to a close friend. For the first time in 6 years I saw that little black box of electronics and mirrors as more than a business tool. I saw all that I had created and all of the people who had been affected by my work. I saw an integral part of me slipping away.
To the rest of the world it seemed like a simple moment. A business transaction between friends. It took everything I had in me to loosen my grasp as I set the camera on the table.
In that moment I knew. I knew I wasn’t done. I knew that, regardless of the paths I take, I can never let that part of me go.
And so, here I am. Returning to you deeply changed and genuinely excited for the things we are going to create together.
Poor Patrick, he had no idea. ; )
These two? I <3 them. I've known Andrew since he was in high school and when I met Amber I was blown away. This girl was hand-crafted for him. An absolute perfect match in every way. God's cool like that.
Just as Sara Bareilles comes on my Pandora as I begin to write this post, some things are just perfect together. Ok. Sara makes me all sappy. I’ll admit it.
This couple though – there is no doubt that they don’t need a love song to inspire the looks and moments I captured in this session.
Shot in Tupelo in their beautiful backyard. Can you believe they pulled all of these props and styling together themselves? Loved it. More details to come soon!
And if the engagement session is this fabulous – can you even imagine how gorgeous the wedding will be?