Merry Christmas everyone! What a year it’s been.
I feel blessed in the most important way: I am happy, through and through. For years I have been so lucky to have found a job that I love, that I want to do until my body can’t take it anymore, that allows me creative expression and autonomy and keeps my brain working. I know what it’s like to not have a creative and professional outlet you care about, and even though it’s hard work, it is incredibly freeing.
And now, even more so, I have that in my own life. I have been lucky my whole life, but whenever I am with Tatiana I *feel* lucky, down to my core.I have found exactly where I want to be for the rest of my life. I know what it’s like to not have this, to search and yearn, and it’s the greatest gift I could imagine.
My life is a life — it’s not all roses and sunshine. I had dental surgery this week and can barely eat delicious Christmas food. We’re still working at our computers most of this week etc. etc. But that stuff doesn’t matter. I am happy, and feel so lucky to be happy. I wish the same for every one of you.
Of course, I wouldn’t mind taking some pictures of your happiness along the way.
Thank you davina + daniel for capturing our happiness even in pitch darkness.
In this industry, there is only one great, more intimidating honor than shooting the wedding of another wedding photographer: shooting the wedding of two wedding photographers. After all, not only do we know all of the ins and outs of the industry, but before even beginning our search we’re already familiar with the work of hundreds of photographers. So I was already excited to head to Des Moines to shoot Sarah and Tanner’s wedding, but it got even better, because wedding photographers really know how to throw a wedding. It can be a tough balance to plan something incredibly soulful and personal and wild and crazy all at once, but all of the notes were perfect. As someone who has lost his father, the love and honor given to the memory of Tanner’s father made me really happy that cameras can autofocus even when you’re tearing up. The details of the wedding were so well-thought-out, personal, and numerous that I even included some of them here, violating my general “details are for the wedding planning blogs” rule. I, of course, am a sucker for photography-related centerpieces. And the party pulsed with energy and vitality, a release for a couple for whom it was finally their time, a celebration to take part in, not record. Thank you so much, Tanner and Sarah, and thank you to Stephanie Marie Photography for doing a great job as 2nd shooter.