Growth

Three years ago today, I shot my first wedding, ever.

Three years. Wow.

Looking back, I can honestly say that I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea where that day would lead me, and I had no idea how important wedding photography actually was.

Was I ready to photograph someone's wedding?! Probably not. But am I super thankful for having friends trust and encourage me to document their wedding day? Absolutely!

August 6, 2011, was the start of a passion and dream. It was the beginning.

Sometimes I get stuck in comparing my images to other photographers instead of comparing my current photography to my past photography. Over the past 3 years, I've learned a lot more technically, honed my lighting, composition and editing skills, determined my style, and upgraded my equipment. All of which have made me a better photographer!

I sat here this morning looking through those images from that first wedding. While they aren't the best technically speaking in terms of lighting, composition, editing, sharpness, etc. I was still able to capture beautiful moments: Once-in-a-lifetime precious moments on a once-in-a-lifetime day. And those moments are what make those images beautiful and special. No matter how much I improve technically, I will still love those photographs from their wedding because of the moment and memories they captured.

And that's why I love wedding photography. I am invited into someone's life, someone's love story, and asked to document it on a day that will be remembered for the rest of their lives. What an honor!

What an honor it is to watch the bridesmaids shed tears as they see one of their best friends putting on her wedding dress. What an honor to see a mom playing with the brides veil and looking lovingly into her daughters eyes. What an honor to watch a dad choke back tears as he walks his beloved little girl down the aisle. What an honor to see family and friends rejoicing as two people start their lives together. What an honor to see grandma holding on to her grandchild's arm a little bit tighter because she's trying with all her strength to stand for family pictures. What an honor to see the ring bearer and flower girl be the first ones on the dance floor. What an honor to be invited into a love story and asked to document it.

I am incredibly thankful to Scott and Kelly for letting me document their wedding day 3 years ago. It really was the beginning of something special.

Today, I celebrate not only the beginning, but growth.

All the images in this post show growth. The images on the left are from that first wedding in 2011 and the images on the right are from weddings this year. There's a huge difference in technical skills, but the moments will always be precious.

Happy anniversary, Scott and Kelly! You guys have been so supportive of me throughout the years. Thank you for trusting me to capture your wedding and your

family

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I'm so thankful to all my past clients who've trusted me to document their special moments. It's because of each of you that I am where I am today!

I'm excited to see how much I grow in the next 3 years!

Have a great Wednesday, friends!