Ten years ago, almost to the day of this writing, I shot my first wedding. I realized then, and I still believe now that photography is a medium for documentation, not creation. A medium that needs no explanation, because it simply is. Our culture is so verbose. Photography doesn’t have to be.
We as photographers need to find our place. We aren’t the mysterious artists we claim to be. We take pictures. It doesn’t have to be more than that.
This year, moreso than at any point in my life, I learned that being happy is nearly impossible, but you can feel it. If you’re lucky, you can feel it often. When you do… hold onto it for dear life.
It’s easy to be bitter. Be daring enough to feel joy.
Life will get hard, I promise you. Life will push you down, kick you as you struggle to get up from the pavement, and then laugh at you when you finally get to your feet. But you will get up.
You will get up.
I hope, truly, that my photos can be a helping hand in those hard times.
Thank you to my couples for bringing me into their moments of joy. For allowing Corey and I to share in something so rare and beautiful. We are better for it, as people, as photographers, as spouses, and as parents.
On behalf of Corey, my son Silas and my daughter Olive - thank you. Your willingness to share your joy with us has given me a life and perspective few could ever feel worthy of.
Cheers to you, and to a great 2019. - Eric
Numbers: 297,000 shutter clicks | 21,000 miles driven | 51 weddings | 2 toddlers | 1 very patient wife
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