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Finding my voice

 

 

 

 

 

College Graduation – December 2007

In 2007 while in college for my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, I didn’t think of wedding photography as a fine art. While I considered it artistic, I dismissed it as a fine art and even got myself into debates over the semantics of what it meant to be a fine artist. I considered commissioned work to not be “fine”. (What about artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci though?) In college I shot exclusively on film and even pursued alternative processes like tin types and van dykes. I told many people I would never switch over to digital. (a laughable thought now!) My senior year of college a friend convinced me to test out the Canon 5d Mark I, a full frame digital camera and total game changer for the industry as a whole. I was immediately smitten and purchased one with, luckily, the only semester of student loans I took out. As much as digital cameras changed my approach to photography at that time, they didn’t change my mentality towards what it meant to be a fine artist until much later.

I’ve been a full time wedding photographer for exactly 10 years now so it would be a lie if I said my mentality hasn’t changed. Maybe it’s finally leaning into being comfortable and confident in my own skin, maybe because I’m 30, or because I finally have enough experience to admit it; wedding photography is indeed an art and with my studies in the fine art world I had been placing the idea of ‘fine art’ too high on a pedestal.

Last week I had an opportunity to see a few friends judge a local photography competition. These friends also, admittedly, happen to be wildly amazing photographers and fantastic teachers who discussed the importance of finding a voice as a photographer. However, since I had often dismissed the idea of wedding photography being a fine art, finding my voice didn’t seem necessary. A voice was something for a true artist. After much discussion and thoughtful deliberation that day with many other talented photographers I felt that I should find my purpose again and discover my voice. Maybe I avoided it for so long because finding a voice seems vulnerable. I’m trying to tell a story through my photos and admitting that the story is personal through my eyes would mean that everyone would see a glimpse of who I am in the work I create. The thought of opening up who I am and truly always have been sounds terrifying. I live through the haze of a social media lens and on the other side a life like mine seems glamorous at times. However, I face the trials and tribulations that most people face throughout life and I feel it is important for other people to know that. Those can be faced in a separate post but I feel safe enough to admit now that I feel very deeply.

My voice & mission statement :

I am a passionate person that falls in love with everyone’s story to be told. When I learn someone’s story, through their struggles, adventures, and affections, it gives me a strong desire to tell their story in photos. I want the story to be accurate and meaningful. I focus my energy on real moments that can often be raw because it is with expressive photos that tells the story in the most engaging way. Every photo is an opportunity to evoke emotion in someone else, hopefully with wedding photography it is all positive emotion. I believe that is why many of us are drawn to photography, we want to tell stories. Which has, personally, lead me to tell my own story with writing. I’m here to tell your story in the best way I know how.

Jacksonville, FL Wedding | Sandra + Joseph

Plantation Oaks

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I absolutely love reconnecting with former clients at weddings, it is such an honor to be thought of again years after their friend or family’s wedding day. In this case, I photographed Camillia & Will’s wedding in Puerto Rico back in 2011 as well as her brother’s wedding in Austin in 2016. On their wedding date last June, I couldn’t help but post one of my favorite photos (the last) and write about how I felt. “Putting in words how I feel tonight has been a difficult undertaking. Appreciative, proud, grateful are a few words I can think of but they still don’t do my feelings justice. There is so much more to the way my clients can make me feel after photographing them. I’ve always thought of myself as a person that is weak in empathy, (in true honesty), but my clients evoke feelings in me I didn’t know I had the ability to feel… and like finding a muscle you didn’t know you had, you work it out to become stronger. Then all of a sudden, it’s a regular muscle in use. I photographed Sandra’s cousin’s wedding almost 7 years ago and today I hung out with their family again like it was yesterday. That is special. ♥️ ” Looking back on the photos 10 months later makes me feel so special all over again.

Austin, TX Wedding | Cat + Nick

Wild Onion Ranch

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It’s no secret that I am very behind on blogging some incredible weddings from all over the place. Cat & Nick’s wedding at the Wild Onion Ranch in Austin was nearly a year ago but I was reminded of their wedding recently after grabbing a drink with them in Denver where I split half of my year now. It was my first to visit the South Congress hotel where Cat had got ready for the wedding. It was just one of those gorgeous days in May where the sun went through the oak trees in just the perfect spot. As usual with Pearl Events, I had my team along with me, Adore makeup, Texas Pro Djs, Bouquets of Austin, & Mark Morarie films. Mark & I even managed to grab a few drinks with Cat & Nick after the reception resulting in us staying out well past my bedtime, it was worth it to be able to get to know these two better. <3

San Francisco, CA Wedding | Robyn + Keegan

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Robyn & Keegan are mutual friends through one of my nearest and dearest which made this destination wedding in San Francisco extra special to me. Robyn & Keegan also joined our group trip to Croatia which allowed us to take their engagement photos in one of my favorite places in the world. We started the day at the beautiful Mark Hopkins hotel before walking to the Grace Cathedral church where they had their ceremony complete with sabor arch. The reception overlooked San Francisco from the University Club where we all managed to dance our butts off. After the reception 6 of us were left standing, including the bride and groom, where we closed the night with fancy cocktails and deep conversation. Conversation I always look back on so so fondly.

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