I have way too many words for this little family. Meeting through mutual client-friends, it’s been years of portraits, baby bumps, newborns, family sessions, just-because-just-for-mom-sessions, and now the engagement into the wedding. I’ve gotten to know both Tilar and Robert pretty well over the years, and their daughter is every bit as amazing as they are. I’ve been enthusiastically welcomed into their home (by the dog), and into their lives (by the humans). This job can be such an honor. I don’t know how long I will get to do this job, but I’m going to make the most of it, for as long as possible. Documenting life for people is fulfilling in a way I never could have imagined when I started playing with a camera for the first time.
Sally Mann first inspired me to document people in a documentary sort of way. Informed by art, for sure, but less about art, and more about humanity. She also said, “I wish I could be a better writer, but writing is so difficult. I get seduced by visual aesthetics. Because I just like making beautiful pictures, sometimes I wander away from making a clear statement.” I’ll leave this post right there.
Occasionally I would have a senior who talked more about me photographing their wedding day than the session we were currently shooting. I photograph weddings, seniors look at wedding photography, it makes sense. Often it doesn’t happen that way, though. Life moves on, people move states, they meet new photographers and create a bond with them. No harm, no foul. However, when I get the chance to watch these senior girls turn into dynamic women, and be involved in their lives… it’s an immense honor. I count it a double honor-blessing-joy to be present for their wedding, which has apparently been in the works since they were 16. 🙂 From the Bieber poses (mixtape dropping soon) to the laughter during the engagement session, I felt a sense of relief at what an amazing man Eryn chose to be her partner in life. They both chose well.
Having photographed two of the sisters’ weddings now, I feel like I have a good grasp of how special the family is, and how lucky Eryn and Michael are to have each other. I see so much on their faces every time they look at each other. What a joyful couple. What an emotional day. From senior, to engaged, to bride… Eryn’s wedding couldn’t be any more special to me.
I never went to parties when I was younger. I should clarify that it was probably due to a lack of invitations, not a lack of curiosity. This wedding reception felt a lot like what I imagined a good party must be like. The connection between friends, the music, the laughter… it was glorious. Wedding receptions are often my highlight of the entire day, and I see why people love parties so much. The sense of belonging alone is intoxicating, especially when combined with actual intoxication 😉 I often watch the bride to see her reaction to all the fun being had, and the combination of pride and relief is incredibly sweet. Brides often spend a year planning for their day, and the pressure for everyone to JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME can be overwhelming, for some. When it all comes together, it’s absolute magic.
It’s ironic that I’m now a bit of a professional party-attender. Who would have guessed? Granted, I am there as an observer, rather than a participant… but if I’m being honest, that’s my best case scenario for social gatherings, anyway. Abby and Chris, I hope your life together is as great a party as the wedding was.