I’ve always considered wedding photography and being invited to capture such an important day in people’s lives a great honor. There are many venues of photography that get more credit than weddings and I openly admit my past ignorance as well. But how many of those make as much difference with memories and emotions evoked only growing deeper with each passing day? I could go on and on about the importance of the pictures I take but it is the importance that makes me truly love what I do. Anyone who says they have the best job in the world hasn’t been a wedding photographer.
And the journey continues…
On Monday morning I poured my usual 5:00 cup of coffee and saw a new message. Claudia and Dan, who’s wedding I photographed in 2008, had me on speed dial for the day they went in to deliver their first baby. They wanted to have pictures as soon as possible and knowing, myself, how much a newborn changes in the first couple hours, I was thrilled for the opportunity of capturing this amazing moment in their lives too. The surreal conversation I had with him on the drive over went something like “Yep, we’re pushing now. Are you here yet?” with Claudia in the background explaining to her mom that I was only taking pictures of the baby once it was born.
I consider myself lucky to have been there in the first minutes of their marriage and now for the first minutes of their family. Baby Z didn’t even have a name yet, but he did have portraits. There is no doubt about it, I have the best job in the world.