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Summertime Jekyll Island Family Photography

I love summertime family photo sessions. It’s such a joy for me to be able to capture memories for a family during their vacation.  This past week had planned to meet this adorable family on Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach. It’s one of my favorite locations on the island and I always love photographing there. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans for us. As we drove along the beach you could see the waves crashing onto the sand. The choppy ocean was a sure sign of heavy winds. As we walked onto the beach I knew immediately that the wind was too much for a comfortable photo session. After a quick chat we made our way to the other side of the island and the beautiful grounds of the Jekyll Island Club. The cover under the old Oaks was perfect and the sunset over the marsh was gorgeous.

 

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Hi My Name is Rich...

Hi..my name is Rich..and..(Deep breath)...I’m an alcoholic. Wow! You know, It’s been over 11 years since I first said those words, but today I can still remember where I was and how I felt in that moment. Up until that point I had no idea who I was, but at that moment in time I knew without a doubt that I was an alcoholic and an addict.

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Photographic Style

Everyone has an opinion. Those opinions often divide and separate us into polar opposite positions. Conservative vs progressive. Those who dunk their Oreo whole vs those who twist it apart first. 

Even wedding photography is divided into two camps, light and airy vs dark and moody/romantic. Both of these stylistic trends have been around for a long time, but it seems that more and more photographers are giving in to the pressure to choose a side. 

Most photographers today shoot for their presets. They have a vision for how they want  their photos to look and editing presets that help transform their photos to fit that vision. 

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Missing Details

We were surrounded! All eyes were on us as we did our best to follow the rhythm and not look like awkward middle schoolers at a school dance. We had just been introduced and were sharing our first dance as husband and wife. The only problem was...the song.

We looked at one another as we swayed, and I’m not sure what my wife was feeling but my stomach was in knots. Not because everyone was watching, but because that was not the right song. You see, I wanted everything to be  perfect, but things were already off and it was all my fault.

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Extraordinary Moments

Recently my wife and I watched a TED Talk by Brene Brown. During the talk, Brene mentioned how we often get so caught up chasing extraordinary moments that we miss the ordinary ones, and the ordinary ones are often the most important. That really hit me because all of those years when I was trying to find myself, I spent so much of my time chasing extraordinary moments. I was always looking for the “1 photo”- the decisive moment to tell a story, the big picture that was going to catapult me to bigger and better things, the quick fix that would make everything better. I always wanted to be more than I was, but more of nothing is nothing. 

Today I can see what Brene Brown means. The extraordinary moments and experiences are great, but it is those ordinary moments that often carry the most meaning. 

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