I’ve wanted to do this post for a very long time. Fear drove my complacency; as it does in many of our lives when we are standing in front of a huge project. 2013 was a year of awakening for me. My life changed with too many moments to count. I visited the shores of Normandy which gave me an undying perspective of just how thankful I should be; it also gave me a real life vision of history. Those beaches I’d read about in pages of books came to life. The art of my work also took a change at the beginning of the year and on. 2012 was the year of finding my place among this amazing community. Wedding after wedding, late nights, a lost relationship, and long flights home. 2013 was different. I was focused. Every 3 months I set a new goal. From finding my own way to tell the story of a beautiful bride, making a groom stoic, focusing on the details details details; I slowly started began to feel comfortable in my own skin. I stopped looking at other peoples work. If I did, it was the likes of Avedon or Winters. I focused on my work; I also had an amazing woman supporting me who also happens to be a photographer.
I asked a potential groom today to describe what drew them to my work. His response hit me hard and reminded me what a shit ton of hard work, sacrifice, and attention to detail will give you..RESULTS. He said, “It was a wedding on a small ranch. You followed them throughout the day. I felt like I was present. Like I was apart of their family. As I was reading a novel. You told a STORY.”
This is why I do this. To tell stories. I am not blessed with the ability to paint, draw, nor dance (according to my girlfriend + erick). God has blessed with me the ability to tell a story through my eyes; and it be enjoyed by several people. I’m not sure what else I could really ask for. I truly am the luckiest man alive.
My idea for this post was to do just that. Tell a story; through my eyes. This is my 2013. This is my growth. These are my goals right here in color & black and white. These are my wonderful clients who trusted me to tell their story. Who welcomed me into their private circle of loving family and friends & treated me like their own on a day like no other. To you all; I am humbled. Thank you for all the wonderful people who helped me throughout the year: Cameron, Melissa, Stephen; just to name a few. This was my 2013.