Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I would like to set the record straight: yes, photography is cool, but so much work. The actual photography is only a fraction of what it takes to do it. Marketing, bookkeeping, post-production, filing taxes - it's all photography, not just clicking away at smiling brides, cute babies and sunsets.
Having cleared that, I will proceed to gush about the honor of sharing weddings with people - especially a minister.
I was touched to be asked to photograph the wedding for the associate minister of Chestnut Hill Presbyterian. Andrew and Anna radiate joy and their family and friends don't take them for granted. I love walking into a family/community as a stranger, having no idea how the day will go and inevitably finding myself bonding with the guests.
I clicked with a fellow photographer (ooh, bad pun not intended) and ate dinner with the church's lead minister, Cindy Jarvis. She and I discussed the church getting involved with healthcare and I realized that your community is a place where good health can start.
I love catching people in a genuine laugh or sweet gaze - I wish I could do this with my own family but the lighting is never right or I'm too busy laughing myself. Makes me appreciate why I am crashing other people's moments.