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Be Present and Experience Life

As guests entered the wedding, a sign requesting they turn off cell phones, cameras, and other devices welcomed them to the unplugged ceremony. When the bride made her grand entrance, all of the guests stood up and cell phones came out from every corner. As she made her way down the aisle, two guests stepped to the center behind her for a better shot, temporarily blocking my view as well as the videographer’s.

Every so often, I see posts and blogs from wedding photographers about how inconsiderate guests can be at weddings. One went viral not too long ago and was all over social media. However, I learned long ago that this has simply become part of the modern times, and it’s my job as a professional to honestly document events as they happen. Sometimes that may even mean a few photos have cell phones in them.

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Andaz Savannah Wedding

It was a hot, but a relatively quiet day in Forsyth Park. Ashley was a vision of beauty in her wedding dress. Justin held her in his arms as we captured some gorgeous photos by the fountain. It was their first quiet moments together since being announced as husband and wife.

Ashely and Justin were married during a beautiful ceremony on the rooftop deck at the Andaz Savannah. After the short trip to Forsyth Park for photos they arrived back at the Andaz to dance the night away and celebrate with family and friends.

 

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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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Avoiding Awkward Family Photos

This past Sunday was Father’s Day and if your social media feed looked like mine, it was filled with tributes to dads. I have to admit that a few years ago, seeing those posts about “Dear Ole’ Dad” would have ruined my day. When you don’t have a relationship with your father it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself and be angry. That’s how I felt anyway.

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