Over the years, I’ve had a lot of people ask how I became a photographer. So I thought I would share with you a little bit about the why and the heart behind my business.
I know it may sound cliche but I always have been fascinated with photography. There was a day in particular that I remember, while my brother and sister played volleyball in the backyard, there I was, with my disposable camera photographing insects, birds and my dog. Of course the photos weren’t totally in focus but I enjoyed it! We took the film to be developed and I wrote the date on the back of the photo (a habit I learned from my mom’s albums.) It’s so funny because I recently stumbled on a box of old photos and found those pictures buried. And now 23 years later, here I am camera-in-hand, only this time with a better camera and photographing people now!
In high school, I signed up for film photography as my elective class. My mom took me to a local camera store and bought me my first camera body (which I still have today.) My favorite part of the class was going into the darkroom to develop my photos and watch the image slowly appear right in front of me. After high school graduation I decided to pursue another love of mine, interior design. I went to the Interior Design Institute for a few years and loved it. It was during that time that my boyfriend (now hubby) of almost five years proposed up in Big Bear. And so began the world of wedding planning.
One of the most important things to me was finding a photographer. I knew how much we would cherish these photos and I pictured our walls filled with wedding photos. We were on a budget, but a large portion of our budget would go to photography. And I was happy knowing that after the flowers are wilted, the cake was eaten and the dress was boxed up…that we would have these sweet memories from our day, forever. It was during my search for a wedding photographer that I caught myself daydreaming what it’d be like to be a wedding photographer. After our wedding, I was still browsing wedding blogs and my husband thought I was crazy. I started online photography courses and taking pictures of friends and family. While I was working a retail job, Todd got a raise. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams of photography and here we are almost four years later. So here are the top 3 reasons why I LOVE being a wedding photographer.
1. Preserving love stories for generations
Without a doubt this is the number one reason why I love being a photographer. To capture the moments from the day, so you never forget. Like the look your mom gives you as her little girl slips into her wedding dress. Your dad’s reaction when he sees you for the first time seconds before walking you down the aisle. When your flower girl twirls in her dress. The moment your eyes meet as you walk down the aisle towards your future. It’s these moments that you want to remember and freeze them in time. It’s the beginning of your legacy that will live on for generations.
2. I love weddings
I used to watch the movie Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez on repeat. There’s just something about the celebration that will never get old to me. I find tremendous joy watching other’s experience happiness. Every wedding is unique and seeing the relationship you have with each other and your family is an honor to be a part of.
3. I'm a hopeless romantic
I grew up watching Disney movies, one of my favorites being Beauty and the Beast. Love is a gift and I love celebrating it. I’m sentimental, so I’ve kept love notes Todd wrote me when were dating. Or kept straw wrappers he shaped into a heart. Or the photo booth strips we take every year at the fair.
I’ll end on this note, thank you to our clients from the bottom of our hearts. I get goosebumps thinking about how lucky we are to be a part of your journey, but most of all, your friendship. From the time you’re engaged to growing bellies...thank you for welcoming us into your lives and letting us celebrate with you through it all.