I got this email from Emily after they saw their photos:
I cannot stop looking through these photos. They are just so beautiful, so many emotions. You are so so so talented. If you are ever feeling doubtful about your profession, just know that I never like photos of myself, and I am going to look at these forever and remember what a wonderful time we had, and how much Jimmy and I love each other. I love them so much. Such a happy memory.
Can’t wait to see you in September, and can’t wait to get in front of your camera again! You are a magician!
I’m told a lot by my couples how much they love their photos. So, I thought I’d just share my reply through a blog post, because it’s how being a wedding photographer makes me feel:
That really does warm my heart.
I’m always gonna be doubtful about my work. That’s nothing that will ever leave me. It’s my curse and my blessing. Once I accomplish something, I’m on a search to become better at something else. So, my doubt in my work will never change because I feel my doubt is what makes me better.
But the one thing that does make me feel successful is when I get responses back just like yours and the many others that I receive. I say it a lot, but I truly am grateful for what I get to do. And when I can make others feel the way you do, especially when you’ve never liked photos of yourself before, that’s success to me. I spent the majority of my life feeling like crap. Feeling like I was going nowhere fast. Feeling like no one found value in me being me. But photography happened to me and it changed my whole life. I became a much happier and grateful person and I’m surrounded by incredible people who do find value in me being me. I wouldn’t be with my soulmate, Amanda, without photography. So, my ultimate goal is to make others find value in themselves. I want to show them how beautiful they are inside and out and show them how grateful they are that they found that someone they call “the one” and that they want to spend the rest of their life with.
I’m no magician. And sometimes I feel more like a therapist or life counselor than a photographer. Maybe it was a combination of angst and too much emo music for so many years, but I’m glad that I’m able to make others happy by doing what I do.
I’ll keep saying it over and over again, but thank you for having trust in me from the beginning of our first chat. I can’t wait for the wedding and to hang out again too!