I got back not too long ago from a wonderful workshop by Jonas Peterson & Sean Flanigan. It was great to meet the heros of the craft; and also an opportunity to network with other photographers in Australia.
On the flight home from Brisbane, I watched My Sister's Keeper. It's a beautifully sad story about a leukemia stricken daughter and her family. At the end of the movie, she made a scrap book of her life. The book was simply magical; a collage of memories and emotions filled from page to page.
Looking out from the airplane window after the movie, I was reminded me that there is so much more to life than we can even begin to imagine. That there's something bigger than ourselves; that there's something eternal. I really hope and pray that my images capture intangible emotions that help couples remember their first love for each other during the tough times. To remind them why they fell in love with each other, because we as human beings have a tendency to take one another for granted. To remind them that love never fails, ever.
Jonas & Sean showed us this video during the workshop. To show us that there's more to life than post processing, and wide open apertures. That we should tell stories of love, not of glamour and vanity. This story tore up my heart into tiny bits. I'm sure it will tear up yours too. I fell apart when she said "Now you'll see how much I love you." That is what true love is - when everything goes against you but yet you love even more.
I'm looking to somehow incorporate doing one pro-bono wedding a year. I know not everyone can afford a good photographer, but it doesn't mean that they don't deserve great wedding photos. Details out soon.