Last night I rushed to design a new sample album to show potential brides and grooms. It is a daunting task that any creative dreads. Why? Because we are emotionally attached to our photos. Imagine trying to pick out your favorite handful of photos per wedding from the thousands of images you have taken every year. For each wedding, I started with the portfolio of 300+ images and picked my favorite 25…only to whittle those down to 5 or 8 photos. It is like picking your favorite child – you just can’t do it.
Anyway, it got me thinking about all of the photos I have taken, the people I have met, the moments I have been present for, cherished, and shared, and where I began. I photographed my first wedding while I was in college. God bless Brian and Amanda for taking a chance on me. I showed up with a broken hand, a borrowed camera, and a vague idea of what I was doing (and this was I could look at Pinterest for posing ideas!) Still, the feeling I got when I “nailed” a shot, like the one above, was intoxicating and addicting. Looking back at some of those early photos, I am proud of the image and humbled by it as well. I look forward to reviewing today’s portfolio another seven years later and seeing how far I have come.