June 22, 2012

Why.

Why.

June 22, 2012

Blogging is a funny thing (for me at least)…I have moments of ideas throughout the day & week and goodness gracious if I don’t write them down I swear they are gone forever! I had the most brilliant beyond brilliant idea last night. It was succinct and powerful. Right before I went to sleep. I know it involved this picture…I have no clue what else I was supposed to say. On my original blog plan for the week I was supposed to talk about Dawson’s Creek today and my glee that the whole series is up on Netflix. I decided to rewatch from the Pilot..of course.

And then I thought about posting a yay! I’ve been featured on a really pretty wedding blog! But I think I badgered everyone online about that enough yesterday. But I’m realizing now that I’ve been avoiding having a true heart to heart on here for a while. I think my goals update last week was just my way to scratch the surface without really digging in.

Because I’m afraid. I have been scared to share that this is WHY I love this business and why I am so excited about what I get to do. I think some part of me understands that once I share this that it won’t just be about the pictures anymore…I will truly be opening myself up. But I don’t think I can keep operating in the pretty pictures business. Because I am really in the people business. I happen to sell pictures…sure…but let’s be honest, I’m here because I love people. I have a heart for hearing and sharing people’s stories. I always have. There are few things that I enjoy more in life than knowing that I have been an encouragement to someone. I want to celebrate so many of the happiest days of life with my couples. Yes, your wedding day…of course. But I also want to celebrate all of the small, seemingly inconsequential moments in between. Love and joy in their purest forms, laughter over the little things. I do not want to exist in your life solely as a way to show the world the prettiest version of your wedding day. That’s a given. Really, I just want to be here for you.

People always ask how I got started with photography…and the problem is that I can’t point to a date or a specific story. What I’ve realized is that I love photography because it enables me to do what I really love more than anything which is just to connect with people. To allow others to feel like they are seen and heard. Which is really what I’ve always loved. I can’t think back to a time when I didn’t love to sit down and talk with anyone about anything that interested them…for hours. So yes…I will ask the details of your wedding day. Your colors, your venue, etcetera. But what I care about so much more is how you fell in love. What you’re truly passionate about in life. And why.

This is also a big part of why I changed my pricing model. I don’t want to bicker over the number of hours of coverage you need or ask you to plan your wedding day schedule a year before you actually get married. I just want you to know that I will be there. And I will capture all of it. The joy, the tears, the laughter, and everything in between.

So. This is me. For real. Totally putting myself out there. Scared a little bit out of my mind. Love or hate it, this is who I am.

Every post needs a picture and this one went with my lost idea… :-) Cocktails with friends at the Violet Hour. Of course.

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