It shouldn’t be news to anyone that I love my job.
As I told Brian earlier this week, it is an addictive gig and especially so if you love people. Fantastic clients are what make the sweet moments that much sweeter & we are so thankful for this path, however long it winds up being. Watching relationships grow as we walk with them is a joy and I started young. My wonderful everyone-loves-them parents are married 37 years today! If you know them, go say congratulations!!
Occasionally, incredible opportunities come up that I just can’t turn down. In less than 48 hours for example, I will board a plane for the Czech Republic and have the privilege of second shooting a wedding for that same Brian mentioned earlier. I am so so excited. 🙂 Then, just a couple of weeks later, I’ll travel from Milan, Italy to Asti – wine country. Fabrizio & Alice will pledge their vows and have invited me to be a part and I am equally as excited!
Quite a few of my most favorite people are scattered around the world. My sister lives in Houston (and we still aren’t sure why – have you driven in Houston traffic??), a favorite resides in Minneapolis, Faith up & moved to England and a girl who makes me laugh harder than almost anyone else calls Washington, DC home. It’s difficult sometimes, when the people you love the most require an hour train ride, a long plane ride, and a passport to spend time with. It’s worth it, though.
And so, when I got an email from Rachel announcing her engagement (after I read it on Facebook, of course, because what isn’t on Facebook?), I was totally thrilled! And when she asked me to photograph her wedding, I promised to do anything I could for her. Rachel is one of my best friends for well over a decade. We bonded over our experiences as members of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and while I decided to not return to the organization, she is still with them in Chiang Mai.
Asia has been her home for quite some time and we have chatted for *hours* on Skype about boys. It’s one of our most favorite topics! As women entering our thirties and still not married, there’s a lot of things folks like to tell us to remind us that we aren’t getting any younger. The boys have evolved and we have, too. The older we get, it seems, the younger they get. Anyone else have this problem? Just us?
But, there were other plans in the works. Along comes Ema.
Tanzanian and tall and outgoing and wanting to become a part of YWAM. Literally walked right through her door. He completed a YWAM school at Rachel’s base and went back to be on staff as he felt like he was not done with his talents in Chiang Mai. Of course, Rachel was there, too.
And there lies the rub.
As Rachel & Ema are missionaries, a wedding is hardly in their budget much less a wedding photographer. Much less one from the States! But, my friend would like her day photographed by her great friend and so I will do what I promised and do anything I can to go capture her big day.
To this end, all non-wedding sessions booked through October 1st will receive 15% off in an effort to generate extra funds so that I may board a plane to Thailand in December. Plane tickets to Asia are not cheap, y’all. If you would like to take part of this promotion, please get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Thailand. Sessions must be used before June 1st, 2014. If you’d like to donate miles or to the cause directly, simply let us know that, too.
Every girl deserves to have beautiful photos of her big day. Especially when a lot of the people she loves the most require an hour train ride, a 14 hour plane ride, and a passport to come see it.