Photographs have been preserving stories and memories in my family since the 1940s. Growing up, I always loved visiting my grandparents’ house - which always had walls filled with photos! It didn’t take long for me to pick up an interest in taking pictures. And sometimes, all it takes is one very special moment in life - where an event happens that shapes your entire future. A serendipitous experience occurs. An idea comes to you that changes your career path or, perhaps most importantly, the day that you meet your love.
I want to share with you the moment that lead to my decision that telling your story through photographs was what I was meant to do.
I was at my Grandma's 80th birthday party. I had just started getting the hang of operating my camera and was taking photographs during the celebration.
What happened next was one of those moments that has just stayed etched in my brain. With the lights dimmed and the candles on the cake lit, we all sang a botched yet perfect version of the happy birthday song. As we held out that last note, my grandpa jumped up - lightning fast! He pulled my grandma in for a hug and gave her a big kiss on the cheek. This was more affection than I’ve never seen him show in my entire life. Capturing the emotion and energy in this photo made me think... with my grandparents’ health and memory fading I realized the value of preserving authentic moments and making them real - in print.
It was on that day I decided that every couple deserves to feel the way my grandparents did at that moment.
Ten years from now, when you re-experience your special day through your wedding album, you will instantly transport back to the memories and feelings of who you love, and why you love them.