the weight of it all

Smith Center Wedding Photos Vegas

Oh. My.

Every time I scroll past this image, I think to myself ‘Ooooohhh, I must have saved this one for inspiration – I LOOOOVE it!!’

And then I realize that it’s mine. Every damn time. That’s fine, that just means I’m even more awesome than I originally thought! Yay! Lee and Lizzie are from the UK and they are way cool as you can clearly see here. Obvi. So cool, in fact, that they agreed to get all fancied up again the day after their wedding just to be photographed by little ol’ me. Cool points = earned.

On a more serious note, I say it all the time on this little blog, and I fear that I start to sound like a broken record, but it’s my blog and I can do as I please…anyhow, I so so so love what I do. I love that I am able to capture things that my clients wouldn’t be able to capture on their own. I love that I get to spend some of the most important and memorable days alongside my brides and grooms. I love that for my boudoir clients, I get to watch them transform from nervous to bombshell. I just love it, and then some. I simply don’t know how else to say it.

I was photographed with my 19 month old son yesterday by a friend of ours, Jodi, in support of an amazing cause for her dear friend, Michelle. And as often as I step in front of the camera alone, I haven’t done it with my family in what feels like FOREVER. Those ten minutes made me reflect on my job more than any other ten minutes in the last ten years. Jodi sent me a handful of screenshots late last night and of course, I cried. Don’t worry, Shiran, I didn’t cry my beautiful lashes off – they’re still intact!! To have a piece of time captured like that is something that we take completely for granted, whether we are shooting love or beautiful women or something else altogether. All of those clients feel something immeasurable…beautiful…lasting. I felt that yesterday…and it made me appreciate my chosen path that much more. And truly, I didn’t even know that was possible. So thank you, Jodi, for reminding me of how damn special this is – what we have chosen to do. It’s an experience that I won’t forget, and next time I bring that camera up to my eye, the weight of it all won’t go unnoticed. No pun intended, even though those things really do weigh like 5 pounds. 😉

Don’t worry, when I get official pics, I’ll share them – swear!! Happy Mother’s Day!