In July 2006, we got married in Santa Cruz, California. Three years later, in July 2009, our daughter, Havyn, was born. In December 2011, we welcomed our son, Luca. By God’s goodness, these three people have turned the direction of my life upside down for the better. If you had asked me when I was twenty-one if I would be where I am, doing what I am doing, I would have laughed at you. I feel so blessed to have the family that I have and the work that I do.
I often get asked why I photograph weddings and I think the answer is simple. I like them. Really, what’s not to like? Two people, who are madly in love, embarking on the journey of their lives. You see, like so many photographers, I started out by photographing landscapes that were in my backyard. But when I left Australia and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, to pursue aide work in an orphanage, there was no longer a beach to photograph. So, my love for photography grew to a new level as I discovered a new subject, humanity. Not just people, but emotions, connections and relationships. I found I could tell deep and meaningful stories by pressing the shutter. Whether it was joy, love, endearment, hardship, faith, sorrow, despair, loss or hope, it all moved me greatly because it was real.
Every wedding that I have had the privilege to witness has a real story. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the beach, in a vineyard, in the city or in a backyard. Whether it’s twenty people or five hundred people, simple or extravagant. It doesn’t matter because at the core of every wedding, it’s so real to witness two people, declaring their love for each other. I love capturing that.
I began working with Scott about 6 years ago. Over the years we realized how well we worked together and supported each other in our photography business, often collaborating on projects together. Together we have photographed weddings, engagement sessions, maternity, family and newborn shoots. We work well together and learn from each other, both inspiring and challenging each other to think outside the box when it comes to the way we photograph.
Looking back over the last 10 years it has been some of the busiest but most memorable and rewarding years in my life thus far. I am living milestone moments not just in my life, but watching others go through the same experience. I have come to know how personal my job is in people’s lives. For some families I have witnessed their parents walking them down the aisle on their wedding day and am now watching them become parents themselves. I have photographed their little newborns and been fortunate to be able to watch them grow over the years. I am rewarded with the many relationships formed and share in life’s milestones, and to think all these families started with a simple “ I Do.”