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Unlearning Racism

I grew up poor in the South as the son of a single mother. We lived on food stamps in a trailer park. There was disparaging commentary on other races and stories which glorified the actions of hooded men in white robes. It was normal talk and it unfortunately was the way I was raised.

Things began to change for me when I was accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design and moved to Savannah. On my first night in town, Floyd Adams was inaugurated as Savannah’s first black mayor. As I began to take classes, my world opened up immensely. 

My best friend was a Muslim from Turkey. I dated a girl from Central America, and made friends from all over the world. My perspective changed. I finally got to know people for who they were and not just the biased stereotypes I had been taught.

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Sickness is Not a Wedding Favor

It was a beautiful Saturday morning. I stared off out the window as I enjoyed the first sips of my morning coffee. I couldn’t help but think of how beautiful a day it was and the session that I was supposed to be having at that very moment. 

Unfortunately it feels like I’m getting way too used to cancelations and postponements.This time was different though. You see, I had just received an email the day before letting me know that the couple wouldn’t be able to make it to the session because the groom-to-be had just tested positive for COVID-19. 

The coronavirus has upended a lot of plans this spring, but that was my first cancellation directly related to someone having the virus. It really made me stop and think. What if I’d received that notification after the session? We do everything we can to be as safe as possible by sticking with outdoor sessions and using long lenses in order to keep our distance, but still, it made it all so real. 

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Historic Savannah Engagement Photography

Connection.. Man have I missed it! Having a busy wedding season forced into an abrupt halt has really thrown life off balance for me. Not only have I missed creating and capturing amazing moments, but I’ve missed connecting with our couples.

We had so much fun strolling through Savannah’s historic streets with Pete and Leah. Seeing their connection as Leah melted into Pete’s arms and documenting their love was such a joy.

I can’t wait for their fall wedding!

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Wormsloe Elopement Photography

Our first wedding post quarantine was the beautiful elopement of Kacee and Greg at Wormsloe. Photos by Rich Burkhart team member, Aundrea Pye, had the honor of documenting their day. So, I’ll let her tell you a little bit about it:

Kacee and Greg were one of the sweetest couples, a joy to spend time with and as easy going as the lovely breeze we had all afternoon. 

The setting for their wedding day was everything you could hope for - sunny, the perfect temperature, breezy, birds chirping, and this feeling of peace all around. 

They were giddy as could be as they said their vows to one another. After they were officially married, we roamed around taking photos beneath the beautiful, iconic arches at Wormsloe.

Congratulations to Kacee and Greg on their Savannah Elopement!

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I Love My Job

I love wedding photography! That may seem like a no brainer coming from a wedding photographer, but believe me it’s not. I was at a photography conference in January and three different presenters mentioned during their talks how much they hated weddings. I mean we’re talking about world traveling wedding photographers who actually despise weddings. That’s insane!

I can’t imagine investing so much time into a day and not even enjoying it. Now I know they would probably say that they enjoy being with the people or documenting the party, but the fact that they don’t like the actual wedding day makes me wonder. For example, would I want to buy a cake from a baker who hated baking? Or read a book by a writer who hated writing? When a profession becomes more stressful than fulfilling, it’s easy to lose that passion for what you do. I’m happy to say that I’m truly passionate about what I do, and I’m so thankful for that. 

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