I recently picked up a new hobby that I have grown to love; photography. I have met amazing people, explored some awesome places and taken lots of captivating pictures.
For me, the joy comes from the happiness I see throughout the day. Being a photographer, you see and capture things at weddings that you wouldn't normally notice if you were a guest attending. I notice the fine details; the design of the brides wedding dress, the handmade arbor, the engraving inside of the wedding rings and much more. At the end of the day, you are exhausted, but as you are saying your goodbyes to the bride, groom and their parents, they are beaming with happiness. There are so many moments I have witnessed that make those 10 to sometimes 14 hour days worth it.
I have been to 5 states in the last 5 months. The memories I have made and the experience I've had taught me so much about myself. This new endeavor came about when one of my best friends approached me because she needed help and she needed it quick. I had no photography experience except my photo class in high school senior year. It is amazing what can happen when someone believes in you. We had a couple quick sessions and then BOOM my first wedding approached and I passed the test. Many weddings later and now, summer is one of my favorite times of the year. Not because of the warm weather, which is amazing, but because it's wedding season and I get to spend many weekends in a row with one of my best friends/boss/teacher/photographer, Rachel. Who would have thought that through all of this I came out with a life long friend. God is SO good.