So it’s been two years since I started out on this interesting and oddly rewarding journey. What started as a creative interest quickly evolved into something that turned out to be what I had been looking for all my life. It gave me purpose, and most importantly a voice.
Now, in no way do I feel that my work so far validates me in any sense of the word professional or creative. In all honesty I hope I never achieve it. I wouldn’t even go as far as saying I am a wedding photographer, although the team that run my website and marketing tell me I have to (and I am very appreciative of your help team). However, I feel like I should attempt to illicit some words about whatever it is I do. Maybe if it is for my own benefit, it’s healthy to vent that voice in your head.
So, I have this idea. A realisation for what drives me and what draws me to follow this path and I’d like to talk to you about it, if you would care to listen.
Just like any creative industry, the internet and more specifically social media has allowed the medium to expand and grow at a rate never known to our predecessors. For the newly engaged couple, or just the curious individual, there is an ocean of content at their fingertips. Whether it be Pintrest, Facebook, wedding blogs, online wedding magazines or wedding vendor websites just like mine. They are awash with wedding images of couples perched on pristine mountain tops, beneath cascading waterfalls and in meadows of golden wheat while the sun melts into a crimson sky above. They are breathtaking photos and deserved to be showcased.
However, beyond this iconic imagery there is something else. It is at every wedding, whether in a winery with guests in the hundreds, with a handful of family and friends at a restaurant or just the couple signing the marriage certificate at town hall. It is something that I am forever on the search for and by which I want to define my work by.
After the ceremony, the speeches, the drinks, the cake, the hugs, the laughter, the nervousness and excitement there is a moment. In the late hours of night when the couple forget that I am lurking around, forget about family and friends, where they are and what they are doing, nothing exists outside of themselves. It is the one moment during the whole day where I feel couples are their real true selves. Beyond vows, the “I dos”, the dresses, the suits and every thing else, you have two people who are just simply in to each other.
They are in to each other so much that it hurts, that nothing else matters besides being together. Are in to each other so much that for just a moment, the whole world can just be two people.
What a feeling to have.
I will always be appreciative of the couples that – at the start of this journey, allowed me to photograph their weddings knowing that I had little to no experience. No matter where my work takes me in the future I will always look back at their images as some of my very favourites. For their value visually, but also just as much about what they have taught me.
Below are some of my favourite images from my last two years which have helped me define who I am and what I do.