Saturday, February 21, 2015

Life events that influenced my emotions. And my career

Tavis and I photographed a wedding in Yakima today. You really can learn a lot about a couple during two times on the wedding day: the first look and the speeches. And today these two things were actually woven together. 

Kevin was turned around on Yakima avenue facing the tower on the corner of 4th street. Cassie and I get out of her dad's big white truck at the Hilton and I get in place to photograph. (I'm giddy because I love first looks AND couples sessions. And I love the rest of the day too actually come to think of it) Anyway. Cassie crosses the street and taps Kevin on the shoulder, and he embraces her and tears up a bit. All the while some other tears are happening that I didn't find out about until later. (No, Tavis wasn't crying) I heard about this moment when her dad shared about it during his toast. He was also witnessing this first look and that's when he "lost it" sitting in his truck across the street. 

I feel like I have a deeper emotional connection since carrying and having my own child. When I hear things like this and when I see parents look at their kids I understand what they're feeling. I feel like I can relate to family love, legacy and dynamics much better now. In turn, this helps me photograph weddings better because I've not only been a bride and can relate, but I can also photograph moments from a parent perspective and really understand what matters to parents and what will matter to this new family's legacy as well. Does it sound like I'm on a sentimental tangent or what!? Sorry. Stick with me. It's just that so much has happened in the past few months. Birth, emotions, sickness, death in the family. Life is short, and I feel all the more inspired to soak in the goodness that God has given us, and not waste the little time on earth. I want to photograph life! Like Becky higgins says, "cultivate a good life and record it" yes!!! 

So when you hire me to photograph you, you're not just getting a gal with some sweet camera skills and storytelling ability. (Hehe) You're getting all this deep, gushy emotional thought and inspiration that comes with it whether you like it or not. When you hire us to photograph you, I truly care about you and your family! I get completely wrapped up in the day and the excitement just like a wedding guest. I cry sometimes and I always laugh with the speeches just like I've known you for years ;) 

That's my day. Another life event documented and in the books. End sentimental tangent! 
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Auren and Lachelle's wedding - one big happy day!!!

Yakima Wedding Photographers

At weddings, I feel as though I have the "best seat in the house" to experience every moment firsthand. This wedding was especially meaningful to me because Lachelle is a dear friend and a wedding photographer for MMP. I was one of the select few to be around when she put her wedding dress on, loved on her family, and see her husband for the first time on their wedding day. I was the last person she spoke with before her dad danced with her and gave her away and I witnessed Lachelle & Auren's first kiss ever at the altar... . The first person to congratulate them as husband and wife. The last person to say goodbye after their getaway. These are moments I will treasure for the rest of my life! It was truly a wonderful day blessed by God. I don't think that ceremony can ever be topped! As I was fighting back the tears of joy and snapping some beautiful moments during the day... all was right in the world. The only way I can describe it, is that this wedding was the perfect picture of a wedding and what God intended and designed for marriage. It's evident that they have lived their lives for Christ and honored the Lord with their purity and pursuit of Him within their relationship! 

The day after the wedding, facebook was buzzing about how amazing their wedding was. My friend Shannon updated her status: "I am at a loss for words as I think about the most beautiful wedding I attended yesterday! My heart could burst with celebration and awe as I watched my friends Lachelle and Auren get married. I've seen a lot of weddings, but this one was special. I had such a sense of God pouring out His blessings on this couple as they live lives that seek to honor him and honor one another. I left her wedding feeling renewed and inspired... wanting to love God more and to live my life in a way that would inspire others to follow Jesus. I want to love Gary, my husband, extravagantly and selflessly, full of grace and forgiveness... and to respect him in a way that makes him thrive. Thank you, Lachelle, for being beautiful inside and out... and for reminding us of what a God-centered relationship looks like." My thoughts exactly Shannon! (Except I don't feel that way about Gary, just replace his name with Tavis for me) hehe. 

Then, not only did I get to witness this event first hand, but going through the final collection of edited pictures nearly took my breath away at certain moments. Everything about this wedding was so happy, exciting and God-centered. Very inspiring indeed and I am so thankful for their freindship and that I got to photograph our friends' wedding. Love you Lachelle and Auren! 

Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell 
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell
Yakima wedding photography Auren Lachelle O'connell

Not only was this wedding special for the reasons stated above, but Lachelle and Auren filled in the "anniversary gap" among some of our friends... check it out!! (Tavis and I are September 13th) This sequence of dates was designed by God :) 


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