Last weekend when I arrived at First Baptist to photograph the gorgeous wedding of Kate and Scott I was doing my normal rounds of shooting some getting ready images and chatting with the girls as I introduced myself. A few minutes later the adorable flower girl showed up on the scene, just as pretty as a picture! We were all oo-ing and aaahh-ing over her as her mom and a few others got the finishing touches on her wedding attire. Then I looked up at the mom (who was doing her best to get out of each shot I took-moms! ha!) and I stopped…then it happened…the “I know you” game. It didn’t take us long to put a few names together and realize that we shared a mutual friend….who had gifted her a baby session with me when Carolyn was born…5 years ago! (No, you don’t always remember people five years later, especially after you have babies!)
So, this funny little flower girl had been in front of my camera before! I was thrilled with sentiment.
You see…photographers are some of the most sentimental people I know. You can’t tell it by the way I keep items (I don’t keep items-some call them keepsakes, I call them clutter…) but I am very sentimental that what I do actually steps into your story and captures a specific time on that storyline…and becomes a keepsake.
So, this is why every photographer I know gets a little hurt, or sad, or even sometimes offended…when…you use different ones of us to capture different keepsakes for you. For us- me and all of the photographers I know, at least…We are sentimental about your story. Once we’ve stepped into it, we want to keep telling it for you….
That’s all. Maybe that helps you as you decide who to use for your next big occasion…or the next keepsake moment in your story.
Love to each of my clients (even those I share with others) for trusting me to give you keepsakes…for life.