When doing anything creative, we find inspiration from inside and out. It could come from anywhere but for me, what fuels me most is people. When I photograph a wedding day, I love that I get to be so intimately involved and share in what will be the best day of the couple’s lives. I get to see them in a depth that even their closest friends and family may never see, the ‘real’ them. That is what inspires me.
The day before the wedding Katie and Corey picked me up in their car for a catch-up. We grabbed a coffee and they showed me around their home town of Tauranga, New Zealand. As we drove around exploring the place, we chatted about all kinds of stuff, just getting to know each other. We didn’t even talk about the wedding that much. It was fun and gave me a a real sense of what these two are about. They welcomed me into their lives and gave me their complete trust to capture their wedding day. It’s all I could ask for really.
Katie and Corey are such a kind and laid back couple who celebrated their wedding day in way that was so true to themselves. They both have such a peacefulness about them, so it’s no wonder that they found each other. In fact, that’s what their whole day was like, peaceful.
Until the end that is, then it got a little crazy.
If you know me then you’ll know I’m a pretty driven and passionate person in a quiet, under the radar kind of way. Rarely do I take a moment to stop and smell the roses, so I’ve decided to do it now in blog form.
It feels like yesterday that I was slaving away in my 9-5 job. I worked really hard at what I did, I was good at it, and was pretty successful too. It meant nothing though, I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing. I felt like I was selling my soul and losing touch with who I really was.
I lost my brother to cancer back in 2007. He was 25. His last words to me were ‘don’t waste a day’. It’s exactly what I needed to hear and is something I’ve lived by ever since. It’s why I do what I do today.
Almost a year ago now, an email popped up in my inbox. I had a quick read and nearly trashed it thinking it was spammy advertising stuff. It was an email from Germany from a crowd called Gestalten. They wanted to use some images in a wedding book. I was a little sceptical but gave them the benefit of the doubt. Late last year, the book was released. I had two weddings featured inside and one of my images on the front cover. It’s now selling literally around the globe. I never knew it would be such a big deal.
When I held the ‘JUST MARRIED’ book for the first time, I must confess, I shed a little tear. It might seem silly to you, just some wedding photos in a book, but it was a big deal to me. It was a milestone. I reflected about how lucky I am to do what I love, with the person I love, and making other people happy. I also thought of my brother Lee, how proud he would have been, and how much I wanted to thank him for giving me the courage to do what I love.
I’m going to take photos as long as I enjoy it. There’s so much I want to do with my photography. I have so many more pictures to take, but right now that doesn’t matter, I’m just thankful for today.
Thanks to my couples, thanks Brooke, Mum, Dad, Lee, Charlie, Spoony, Rohan, Scottie, Shannon, John, Oli, Lilli, Em & Soph, Tamarin, Jonas, everyone who has helped me, everyone who has given me an opportunity and everyone who is a part of my life.
To REALLY say thanks, I want to give away some stuff….
• 1 Engagement Session shot on film anywhere Australia wide
• 1 Wedding Photography package worth over $7,500 anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region (includes an engagement session, all day photography on your wedding day, all of my travel expenses, and a fine art album)
I want to hear from you. Tell me about yourselves. What’s your story? What do you do? What have you got planned for your wedding so far? Don’t worry, it’s not about an exotic location or fancy details, it’s about you.
I want to spread the word, so I also ask that you please ‘like’ my page and share this post on Facebook.
Please email me at ERIC@ERICRONALD.NET and use the subject heading ‘thank you’. Please let me know what date/s you have in mind for your wedding as well.
Entries close midnight February 28th. I’ll pick the winners and announce them soon after.
I can’t wait to hear from you.
Wow, I really can’t express how overwhelmed Brooke and I have been reading so many beautiful entries. It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster reading through all of your stories and we feel very privileged to have you share them with us. A big thank you to all of you for taking the time to enter.
It was so difficult to choose winners but it had to be done so here goes…
I knew when Emily and Grant came to our place a few months back to meet Brooke, Charlie and I, that it was going to be a good day. Their plans sounded amazing, we clicked really well and I could see that these two shared a special connection with one another. As we chatted away they would often turn to each other and smile with love, excitement and anticipation in their eyes.
As I drove into Bright the day before the wedding, I was greeted with mountains, rivers and pine trees. I visited the old wooden Chapel where they would be married the next day. I actually freaked out a little bit and feared that I wouldn’t do their day justice. It was all so perfect.
On Emily and Grant’s special day, they almost seemed oblivious to the amazing wedding that they worked so hard to create. Much like when they visited our house, they just kept looking at each other and smiling. It was beautiful.