“How long have you been doing this?” This is one of the most common questions Patrick and I get asked when it comes to photography. I’ve been shooting a combination of video and photography since 2010, but this is my first year getting to partner with my best friend to capture incredible moments as a husband-wife team. In addition to the “how”, I want to answer the question “why photography?” Patrick and I feel so strongly about why we do what we do, and it’s so much deeper than the equipment we own or the number of couples we’ve photographed.
My (Christen’s) mom passed away in 2005 when I was 17. She was a warrior mom who made sure each of her children loved the Lord and others above anything else. She passed away unexpectedly, and one of the regrets that I have during my time with her is the limited amount of photos that I have of both of her as well as her and I. I have some scanned pictures of her, but most were either ruined by time or lost during moves. Because of these limited and lost images, I’ve made the commitment to give clients the one thing they can never get back: moments.
Our lives are comprised of moments; strung together with experiences and emotions that fade once the day has ended. It doesn’t matter how great your memory might be, once that moment has passed, all you’re left with are the recollections from the day. Personally, I have a terrible memory, often relying on others (thanks, Patrick) to help me recall details from past events. Photographs are the remedy for savoring moments, and Patrick and I want to capture images that spark memories of the emotions and experiences felt in your moments.
I believe that photographs are a map of your life, footprints left behind for your children, grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren to glimpse your moments. Our desire is to capture you in a way to show generations to come exactly who you are, what you value, and the emotions and experiences you savored in your moments.