We all have a “what” in life. Some of us are teachers. Some of us are lawyers. Others are store clerks, doctors, waitresses, salespeople. We also have a “how” – all steps we go through to accomplish our “what.” But what about the “why?” Why do we do what we do? What is the heart behind why we're doing what we're doing? I share the same “what” with thousands of people. I am a photographer. But what makes me unique from all other photographers is my personal “why.” The “why” makes me unique because my vision and perspective is my own.
I am a photographer because the connection between people moves me. I am extremely passionate about creating authentic, genuine images of couples in love. To me, it’s not about pretty pictures, the best compositions, or perfect poses. To me, it’s about creating emotionally meaningful images for my couples. Creating art that moves. It’s about capturing something intangible that brings happiness and inspires. It’s about connecting with people in a way that is hard to put into words.
If I had to pinpoint the exact moment I was inspired to pursue photography professionally, it would date back several years ago to my best friend’s wedding reception. There was a computer set up, playing a slideshow of engagement images as well as some wedding images from earlier that day. A large group of people huddled around the screen to watch the images slide by, myself included. But it wasn’t until I stood back from the group and watched the people watch the slideshow that I noticed everyone experiencing a range of different emotions. There was laughter. There were smiles. There were tears. These images were creating a deep, emotional connection with their viewers and it was at that moment I got chills up my spine and knew what my real calling was. It was at that point I knew I wanted to create emotionally meaningful art for couples who were willing to share the deepest parts of themselves with me.
An important part of working with the couples I am blessed to work with is having them understand why I do what I do. Why I’m driven the way I am. I am passionate about capturing the authentic, genuine side of who people are. I strive to be true to myself and to do what moves me. As a result, the work I produce is much more personally fulfilling. Not everyone will like what I’m doing and that is okay. I am confident in who I am, and I am confident in my “why.”
So…what is your “why?”