She sent me an email from NYC asking if I would be able to meet her in Newport Beach. She and her fiance were coming into Newport to do a quiet ceremony in her hometown that included just their immediate families. And her pup, but of course. How could I have possibly said no?
When my son was born, I didn’t want to photograph another wedding. I mean, I had a great, long 15-year career in weddings, why wouldn’t I want to continue to do it? At the time, I felt like I had to dedicate my weekends to be with my new version of family and that was that. I photographed my last official wedding in July 2013.
As my son got older, I realized I missed parts of what life was like being a wedding photographer…no, not the long days or the long weeks of editing…but I missed the emotions of joy and giddiness, the looks of love and the laughter of new adventures! In the last few years, I have slowly started to take on more intimate weddings and even, elopements. And you know what? I absolutely love them!
It is truly amazing how much more connected you are to each other when there are fewer people to focus on during a wedding day. It’s quiet, a bit more casual, and way less tense. The bond that is created between me and them is pretty unique – I get to share something so intimate and so life changing…and it humbles me, while it also inspires me.