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You know that giddy butterfly feeling you get when you hear a song that knocks you off your feet? Between the instruments and the words, you have this explosion of feelings that well up inside you. If you're like me, you may completely stop whatever you're doing to take it all in (and have a good cry, whether it's a happy song or a tragic one).
Well, when I put together these photo stories, that's the feeling I get. It's why I photograph people. Their lives, their stories, their moments are magical and I get to catch some of that for them. It's the most amazing thing I get to do for other people. It's kind of the most amazing thing I get to do for myself, too.
Check out the delightful Jen and Zane's wedding day story! It's a new favorite.
There are so many amazing things that I could tell you about Ben and Olivia's big day. Like how they decided to have an Indian food buffet for dinner, or how Spice Girls came up multiple times through the course of the day, or how Olivia's brother and sister re-enacted the battling speech seen from bridesmaids as their speeches, or how they decided to forgo a wedding cake for otter pops... Instead of doing that, however, I'm going to share an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit that was read during their ceremony, because this is what the day boils down to. This is the most pivotal part of this phenomenal day.
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
There are many reasons why I am not a nature photographer. For one, I'm not a big fan of wild animals. Being in the perfect place at the perfect time (usually the crack of Dawn) just isn't my thing. Mostly though, it just doesn't call to me. Sure, I can admire my nature photography friends work, and really appreciate the work they put into capturing the majesty of the wild in one frame. But for me, people are what I love. Finding a person's story and getting a snap shot, showing the world a bit about them is my passion. Relationships between people; couples, families, friends... Creating a visual story of that bond that fully captures that connection in just a moment... That is my bliss. To be honest, Olivia and Ben made that easy for me! We met at Cline Cellars, a winery in Sonoma, and Ben and Olivia got to share a bottle of wine together while they showed me around and we got to know each other! Seriously, I think all my engagement shoots should involve a bottle of wine from now on!
I am so excited about Erin and Ty getting married! They are such amazing people! To see them together, on the brink of all their future adventures together is something really, truly special. Together we walked around the land in the country that Erin grew up on, met her adorable pet pig, and saw the place in their front lawn that she and Ty will be exchanging vows this fall!
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