I want to tell you a true story - one that makes me emotional whenever I think about it. You won't want to miss this as many of us can find deep value...
About 3 years ago, I was asked to photograph a wedding. Although I enjoy creating family portraits, photographing weddings is always wonderfully emotional. Sometimes, it's the first time the entire family has been together in years. And, the couple is probably at their absolute happiest on this day.
The bride's name was Jasmin, and she and her family were so wonderful. The wedding was perfect. The photographs turned out perfectly. The day she, her new husband and Mom-In-Law came in to pick up their album, Jasmin seemed so happy to have her cherished memories-to keep forever.
Now, Fast-Forward one And A Half Years... A sorrowful moment, And in Jasmin's own words, what a picture can mean...
" Just having my Grandpa at my wedding was amazing. My whole life he has always complained about flying, driving and taking the train from Ohio to Ca becuase of the accidents that you could get into. But getting him out here was so easy becuase I was one of the only grandkids out of 29 to get married.
" He was really proud and honored to be there. It was a feat to get all of my extended family from Ohio and Georgia to CA. There were many delays in various areas but up until 20 min before my husband and I left for our honeymoon my aunt and cousins finally showed up! It was wonderful and I know my Grandpa was crying for joy. That was the last time I saw my Grandpa on this side of heaven becuase he died April of 2007. I will treasure my wedding even more becuase of his presence there. I will miss his face and the fact he will not see my daughter but remembering my wedding day makes the memories more special.
Relating her story to me one day when she picked up her enlargement order really brought home for me, why we do what we do.
That very story sums up the reason I became a photographer. Creating photographs that mean so much to people - I can't imagine anything that would make me feel more fulfilled as an artist.
Photographs like these will grow to mean so much more with time...
Life is so terribly short. But, at the same time, life is such a wonderful gift. And the memories we keep of these moments with our family will last forever.
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