What a massive year. There was blood, sweat & tears - literally. I was privileged enough to travel to some amazing places - Switzerland, Chicago, London, Germany, Paris, Thailand, Malaysia & of course, Singapore. I'm always grateful for the opportunity to travel, but over the twelve months past, I've never been more thankful to come home to Melbourne.
Because in the beginning of January, I asked her if she would be my home forever. She said yes. Then came planning, & yes, more planning. I've been a wedding photographer for some ten years now; someone who puts my heart & soul into capturing the hidden, sensate moments of what each of us often describe as the single happiest day of our lives. But this year truly gave me a new perspective on the business & the behind-the-scenes of planning a wedding. Of compromise, of honour, of family, of what is important, what we choose to value, how we choose to react. It was a year where there seemed to be a constant tension between love & fear.
Moving into 2016, in this new season as one, it's both comfortable & new; a wonderful, comfortable newness. I said to Krystin that I felt this was a season for us to learn to live in love & freedom, without fear. We're mid way through 2016 - & if front page news across the globe is what we choose to go by, there seems to be more reason for fear. As Waleed Aly, who is a media presenter (as well as being an academic and musician) so aptly put it during the 7PM project here: let's send forgiveness viral. Let's let love win.
And I'm glad that what I do is to get to celebrate love.
Mostly, I love that a wedding day is a milestone where we celebrate our very best selves, in the company of those who know us best. Who we have been, who we are, who we can be. Here are a few moments that I hope show a little glimpse into how love makes us feel like we're invincible, how in the presence of perfect love, there is the absence of fear.