The last 6 months have been pretty rough for my business. I had my 2nd baby girl last November and knew I would be taking a couple months off, but after trying to get back into things, my light has burnt out a little and I’ve wondered if I should really be a wedding photographer.
I’ve only had 5 weddings so far this year and just moved to a new state. And feel like I have to start alllll over again after a super successful year in a different state last year! So, I’ve been struggling and trying to figure out if I really want to keep pursuing this dream of mine. But, I’ve still been working on the back-end of my business and the more I work on things, the more I realize that I love what I do. And not because of the money. I love being a wedding photographer because I get to immerse myself in love all the time!
There is nothing better than seeing a couple who loves each other with all they have. And who would do anything for one another. At every wedding I’m a part of, whether I’m the main photographer, a second shooter or even if it’s a styled shoot, there’s one thing that’s always the same. And that’s selfless love. And I see it all the time. I see it when the groom see’s his bride in her wedding dress for the first time. I see it in the bride’s eyes that light up when her groom makes her laugh. I see it when the bride’s dad gives her away. I see it when the bride and groom share their first kiss and first dance as husband and wife. I see it in the groom when he offers his bride water, food, a chair, anything. I see it in the vendors that selflessly serve to make your day easier. I see it in the parents of the bride and groom who are doing everything they can to make the day run smoothly. And I see it in every guest and every participant that’s there for your big day.
And it inspires me. It strengthens me. And it never ceases to amaze me. Everyone wants to feel loved and like they belong. And I am so lucky that I get to witness this love on wedding days. The kind of love that reminds you to enjoy every moment and to live every day to the fullest. The kind of love that reminds you of the love you have for your for the special people in your life. The kind of love that makes you realize the love others have for you. The kind of love that makes you hold those you care about just a little bit closer. And the kind of love that you feel when you belong.
So, when I say I love love, it’s not just a cheesy notion. It’s real. Because I see it everyday. And I’m blessed by it everyday. And that is what keeps me going. Knowing that I get to serve couples that are IN LOVE! That would do anything for each other and that know their love is strong. And that it can guide them through anything. Because this is the kind of love that makes the world a better place. That inspires change and growth and dreams. And that inspires me. … What inspires you?