i cannot tell you how many times i have said that i am done with weddings.
i started shooting weddings when i was 27.
in my career, i have shot HUNDREDS.
it looks like glamorous work.
it looks fun.
it is exhilarating - emotional - intense.
BUT, it is really really hard.
the amount responsibility on one for the "day of a lifetime", is enormous.
now, as i am 13 years older than when i started, the toll it takes on my body is far greater than it used to.
i carry 35 lbs of equipment around on me all day.
thank the good lord jesus, that chaz did not get a shot of me the day of abbie's wedding.
it had hit 100 degrees that day, i had eaten ravenously before the wedding, some random burrito chaz found on the strip in pitt. i was gulping down gatorade, and the entire picture was NOT pretty.
but let me tell you what was glorious:
my friend abbie.
her husband, ben.
the dreams they and their family made into reality and the enormously special day that they became husband and wife.
i do not shoot because of the glamour.
i shoot because of the moments. i shoot because of the people, and the memories.
and my dear, beautiful abbie, yours were exquisite.
ONLY part one of the day...
many more to follow.
abbie, ben and families....
i love you!