A friend of mine asked the question - so why are you doing this? Relating to our earlier conversation about documenting weddings and capturing an important day like this...
Seemed like such a simple question, but somehow, I was lost for words. I couldn't quite put into words what I wanted to say or how I felt.
A month or so earlier, myself and Emma had arranged a shoot - just for fun. No one was getting paid, we just wanted to create some images that were different from what we normally get to shoot. Something for us. Well, after planning and planning, things happened on the day that were out of our control. Nothing to do with photography, but just silly practicalities that seemed to trip us up along the way. We walked away feeling disheartened and a little weary. The whole shoot made us reevaluate a few things, which actually, wasn't a bad thing.
In December, my Nan passed away. During her funeral, we looked over old photos, shared stories and remembered the good times. It was in these moments of looking at a photo of my grandparents on their honeymoon, that I found the answer to this earlier question. My grandparents were about to embark on a new journey, together. They didn't know what that looked like, they had no where to live and no job to pay the bills. They didn't realise that the future would include a son, 4 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. But they knew one thing. They had each other. No matter where they were, how they would provide for their family, the tough times they would face, they were in it together, "until death do us part".
And that's why I'm in this. No matter the scene, no matter the location, this day is about making that decision. To have and to hold each other through it all, come what may. The adventures that lay ahead are unknown, and the legacy that will be left behind you is now richer as you come together. With everything stripped away, the fuss, the details, the lavish or the low key, this is all about the next chapter in a couple's life together. So when we get a chance to capture your day, we are privileged to be able to document a time in your lives that is full of possibility and excitement. In 100 years time, who will be looking at these joyful images of you all and talking about your story? We don't know, but we know that's pretty exciting and we want in.