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I won’t lie, sometimes I get caught up in the day to day stresses – the emails, the deadlines, the EDITING. I lose sight of the forest through the trees, and sometimes I wonder. Maybe only for a fleeting moment, but I do.

I wonder why I got into photography in the first place.

Truth be told, I’ve been wrestling with that a lot over the last year. Don’t get me wrong, I love my clients, I love my crazy little business, I LOVE taking pictures and interacting with my clients and finding the perfect setting in the perfect light. But it just wasn’t enough. The nagging kept coming back – why am I doing this, why am I working so hard to attract clients, why am I investing so much in my gear and my education, why is it important that I blog 4 – 5 times a week, why, why, WHY??

Then yesterday I received a voicemail from my first bride ever (who also happens to be one of my best friends and my self-proclaimed big sister) and she was beside herself in tears. Her nana had just passed and she was frantic to find photos of her from that day. She said she understood if I no longer had the photos, it has been over three years since her wedding, but if I happened to know where they were, could I send her a couple because she had misplaced her wedding CD. (Side note, this is exactly the reason I’ve switched to online galleries – I don’t EVER want you to have that panic of Where is the DVD of the images?! It’s literally the worst feeling)

Thank goodness I’ve had a good backup system since I started my business and I knew exactly where to find images of her wedding! While I was going through them all, looking for something to post on her Facebook wall so she could have it right away, I started thinking. THIS is why I got into photography in the first place. This preservation of life, the capturing of a story – even just a piece of a story – it’s IMPORTANT. Life goes by so quickly, especially the way we live today. It’s so important to stop and capture what life looks like right in this moment – even if this moment isn’t perfect!!! Don’t wait for life to be perfect before you document it, because it will absolutely, positively never be perfect.

I can’t even tell you how elated I was to find images of Alissa and her Nana from the wedding and be able to give those to her!! Alissa, I hope these images bring you comfort and happy memories, now and forever. You and your sweet family are in my prayers this week; I love you!

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