I like to think that the hardest things we have to face in life present opportunity. Opportunity for reflection, for growth and change. There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to do just that.
I’ve been photographing wedding stories for almost 10 years. I didn’t think that I ever took it for granted until the thing I love and work so hard to do was taken away from me, albeit temporarily. I realise now that I did take it for granted, at least a little.
There are a lot of wedding stories that I am excited to share from this past wedding season now that I have some more time on my hands, but Danielle & Matt’s story had to be the first one. There’s something about this couple and their special day that aligned perfectly. Simply photographing this wonderful wedding felt like it was meant to be. I was meant to be there, to make art for them, to capture moments, and to document the beauty, love and connection.
Being forced to put the cameras down for while has made me miss this gig very much. But what I’ve gained from this hiatus is a fresh reminder of how important this thing is that I do; what it gives the couple and their loved ones. Also, what it gives me.
I find life hard sometimes. Sometimes I’m stuck in my head. Sometimes I’m dwelling in the past or worried about the future. But to be at a wedding day with a camera in my hand gives me the gift of the present moment; to witness the melting pot of joy, love, grief and romance. It’s a beautiful thing. It makes me feel alive. I’ve always known that, but now I know it more.
So, as you are likely cooped up at home isolating, let me share with you a story of times past – a time when we could gather en masse and didn’t need to keep 1.5m away from each other. Let’s hope we can get back there soon, carrying with us vital lessons we’ve learned during this crazy year.
This is Danielle & Matt’s story.