I have been photographing people nearly 10 years. Little people just under a day old. People with personalities that far surpass mine. People with strong opinions on their beliefs and some still searching to find themselves. But to say that I have not learned something from all of them is to say I did not have something to learn. I think that we are all here for a unique purpose. We are here to be loved, to share love and to do our best to exhibit our uniqueness. If not for that, then for what? I may not agree with every person I come in contact with but My beliefs my Christian values have taught me to Love. Everyone. Pray for all of us. My son gave me a very good insight, He says that Dali Lama gave a speech at a university stating that we are here for each other. Pray for peace, but really pray that we as humanity will do good and bring that peace we pray for. God is not a magic wand that will bring change into this world we have created, we have to be the change.
I was given the opportunity to photograph a wedding of two people that meet that purpose. Shane has told me over and over “I just want to live and not be about any drama.” Our wedding is going to be for everyone to enjoy themselves and be.” How often do you here that from someone getting married? I know its about your day, but Shane and Joe wanted it to be about the moment they said “I do” in front of their friends and family. Just because they wanted to be. That to me is a beautiful purpose.
After the ceremony Shane and Joe kept asking people are you enjoying yourself? Is there anything I can get you. Or, We are so happy you are here. I could hear laughter among the guest, kids running around and no one was stopping them or telling them to sit down. We live in a world where too often we see everything and everyone running at the speed of too fast. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we took Shane and Joe’s advice and just “be”. Thank you both for allowing Steve and I to photograph your special day.
Sometimes love comes early. When we are just starting to understand what life means. When we are learning to give and take, to share and to let go. It comes when we question why we are here and who we were meant to be with. Then sometimes loves comes later, when we are seasoned with joys, with ups and some downs. Love comes in fast, like a Camero at the speed of 8 cylinders. Then other times, it comes later. Slower more cautiously, guarding us from future pain and protecting us from our past. To say that Jon & Shirley are living the later part of love is to say they waited just at the right time. Jon is such a nurturing man. I can see it when he holds her. The way he cups her hands. Its almost like he has a loving secret, that he wants to keep all to himself.
Shirley is a sweet bubbly person, I don’t think I caught one image where she is not smiling ear to ear. That beautiful smile the kind that says, “I am so happy, so blessed to have him in my life.” I don’t think neither one of them has ever expressed a negative emotion the whole day. It was really hot, about 100 degrees, Jon insisted that his portraits be in a three piece suit, but true to Shirley’s nature she said, the jacket can stay off, and because of Jon’s nature, he said he could go either way. I would take a few images and position them in as much shady spots as I could find, it was high noon, the sun was blazzing hot. But Jon and Shirley were true troopers. Going in every so often to cool off and drink water.
After we finished with the formal images, we were ready to start photographing this beautiful patient couple in what they love….baseball attire. (I wont lie, they made this baseball fan a happy photographer) They both had their favorite team jersey they brought from home, but forgot the away jerseys. We made due. We even were able to get a beautiful outdoor family portrait with Jon’s parents. This was their house, Jon grew up here, he remembers climbing that tree he and Shirley were kissing under, and he remembers walking those same rock walkways his father laid down and where he and Shirley walked hand in hand. Yes, love comes fast, it hits hard but some times when its real….really real, it comes to two people who were waiting but not expecting. Enjoy your loved ones…these two most certainly do.