Jaime is a labor and delivery nurse by profession, but her heart belongs to her two-year son and her husband. Her orderly home is a haven of love and life, with family pictures, toys, and evidence of her artistic nature adorning the walls, shelves, and tables. I was blessed to spend a few hours with her and her family.
Last week, I was blessed with time for myself with three days of solitude (with my cocker spaniel) in a cabin in the mountains, followed by two days of camping with my sons and their families. It’s been far too long since I’ve taken pictures just for myself, without worrying about pleasing the client. These were pure pleasure to shoot (along with the 1330 other images I captured during my retreat/vacation).
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
~Psalm 139:13-16 NIV
I shot my second wedding this past Friday.
Wedding number one: Six months ago I was the photographer for friends who got married in a small ceremony in front of family and a few friends. I didn’t know what I was doing, did not have an assistant, and did a truly mediocre job. I was embarrassed by my work but they seemed to like the pictures at least.
Wedding number two: I did not know the family or couple prior to meeting them six weeks ago. I was referred by a photographer who could not do the job and I said yes before thinking; since then I’ve been anxiously reading books and blogs and articles about wedding photography and practicing on friends and butterflies. (I reasoned that if I could get butterflies in focus, I could probably do the same with people.)
As last week progressed — far too rapidly — toward Friday, anxiety, fear, and trepidation took over and I was convinced that I’d made a horrible mistake accepting the job.
When I downloaded thousands of images onto my computer, I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I saw that they weren’t terrible and that there are a few gems in there.
I loved doing the job. I truly enjoyed it even though I was nervous the entire day. I hope they like what I did.