When my sister got married, a factory photographer showed up and shot her wedding.
There was no connection, no relationship – just a hired service.
When her images came back, they lacked the feeling I remembered that day.
The moments were all there, but their story wasn't;
who they were as a couple and the cozy intimacy they share with family and friends.
Shortly thereafter, I became a wedding photographer.
My priority was to make my business personal.
When you work with people on the happiest days of their lives,
it's not just a service, it's a huge honor.
I don't take it lightly.
I don't want to just show up and document what I see. I want to document what it feels like.
To do that, I need to get to know my clients.
I love when they share their history with me. Their likes and dislikes.
It may sound silly, but I really want to know who their favorite people are,
the music they listen to, their favorite colors and places they love.
For an image to come to life, I believe there has to be a relationship.
Not just between the couple, but with the photographer as well.
So this all got me thinking.
While I get to know my couples on a personal level, I noticed I rarely share my world. The behind the scenes.
In an effort to hold myself accountable for more work/life balance, I decided to add "It's Personal" posts every Friday.
While it may not be the most entertaining read, I want to remind myself that happiness isn't found in the end goal.
It's found along the way in the millions of little things that happen throughout the week that bring a spark of joy.
Happiness this week:
– Amazon Prime! How did I ever do Christmas shopping before this?! And their $9.99 a month book club and movies?
– I watched Disney's Inside Out. Anyone else sob? What a brilliantly creative, imaginative story.
– Just the originals. My brother and sister are married with kiddos, but we made a date to hang out (just us) at my folks house one night.
Shared many laughs and sang Christmas music!
– When picking up wine (for the above), I passed by a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream.
It brought me back a million years ago to my favorite drink.
Ever have Bailey's with Butterscotch Schnapps? I rarely drink, but this is a treat. It's actually dessert in a glass.
The Butterscotch Schnapps tastes like a velvety caramel.
If you're not a fan of Bailey's, try it with Kaluha. Mmmm.
For more versions of this ridiculously delicious drink, check out this site.
– Bought cozy new pajamas at Aerie for the days when the boss lets me go "casual".
Best part is, it's not contained to just Friday's here! ; ) Mix and Match Holiday plaid. Yes, please!
– Planning the menu for Thanksgiving at our house this year. Scary and exciting. Should be cleaning to get ready instead. Time to find a place to hide the laundry baskets!
– Listened to THIS song (male vocalist of the year) over and over a few dozen times.
It's the kind of song that sounds better with your eyes closed.
Looking forward to catching up with Stephanie and Steven and Julia and Jimmy during their e-sessions this weekend.
I love couples with matching first letter names!! (S+S and J+J).
They're going to kill me for posting this, but I love this memory.
We all took a vacation up in Newport Vermont this year. One of my favorite vacations ever.
Below is a cell phone shot, don't judge!
My brother and sis.
Family is everything.