I will never forget the nervous anxiety I felt in the hours leading up to my very first wedding. Josh and Audrie, dear friends from college, had asked me to photograph their big day. I was petrified. What if something went wrong? What if my camera malfunctioned? What if I missed an important moment? As if I wasn't stressed enough, I got in my car only to discover that it wouldn't start. Thank God for amazing roommates who let you borrow their car at the last minute!
Anxious and flustered, I arrived at the condo in Imperial Beach where Audrie and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Audrie and her mother greeted me with big smiles and outstretched arms, and as I hugged them, my nerves melted away. It was an instantaneous and monumental shift in my very core. I was overcome with peace and I began to enjoy the day. I witnessed beautiful moments between parents and children and watched two families come together. In those moments, I became abundantly aware that I was a part of something so very special.
Several years, one new car, and many weddings later, I still think of that day when my life changed so drastically. It truly was the beginning of a new and beautiful career and I am forever thankful to Josh and Audrie for giving me the opportunity. So it was the joy of joys when my very first wedding couple invited me to their home to photograph their newborn baby girl.
I had the privilege of snuggling and hanging out with precious Joelle earlier this week and my heart was bursting. Joelle is as perfect as they come. As I photographed this beautiful 6-day-old girl and her sweet parents, I was astounded at how happy and calm she was. She didn't fuss or cry once. It turns out that little Joelle already lives up to her middle name, Pacifica, which means peaceful. While spending time with this beautiful family of three, I thought back to that day when my nerves melted away and I, like sweet Joelle, felt happy and calm and peaceful. And, once again, I was abundantly aware that I was a part of something so very special.
Before our session ended, we made a quick trip to Imperial Beach just a few blocks from Josh and Audrie's home. And as we pulled into a parking spot, they pointed out the very condo where where my nerves melted away and my career as a wedding photographer began. How's that for full-circle?