Out of the blue one day, Mitch said, “I want to hire you to take some pictures.” “Ok?” I said, a bit perplexed. “A shoot for Kelley and Jason’s one year wedding anniversary. You’ll love them. And they’ll love you- and your pictures.” He looked pretty pleased with himself. I’d heard all about Kelley (Mitch’s cousin) and Jason (her husband), and their wedding and friends and family- for me, it was like knowing them before really knowing them. And while I knew that I’d be able to capture them in all of their love for each other, I had no idea that they’d give me such an honest, intimate look into their amazing, inspiring relationship.
I tell my couples, “just pretend that you always hang out in a field, snuggling, laughing, and kissing for no reason”- it usually makes them giggle, and I snap away and we get perfect pictures. Jason and Kelley had me fooled. As far as I was concerned, that’s what they did- the must routinely hang out in fields, on bridges by rivers, on rocks- just holding each other tight and being in love. (Jill, my best photographer friend, asked “Did you tell him to move her hair behind her ear like that?!” Nope. I did not. He just did.) And so on their one year anniversary, they smiled and they laughed. So much. Not for me or my camera, but for each other. Sometimes my clients tell me that they’re inspired by my pictures and that they often look back at them and remember that day- they remember the love and excitement and little secrets that they told each other that made them smile and laugh and hug and snuggle for my camera. And they thank me. And I feel like I’ve done my job. This time though, my clients inspired me: someday I’ll have pictures of me like this.
Kelley and Jason, I’m not sure if it’s your job to show the world how people are supposed to love one another or not- know though, that you’ve set the bar pretty high. My short time spent with you was like a recharge for my soul.
And as both a wedding photographer and girl in love, I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart. ♥