one more wedding-free weekend before the grind starts back
I'm going to tell a story that I don't think I've ever told before, but I honestly believe that it changed the trajectory of my life. Cool? Cool. I had just turned 15 years old (Christmas baby, what what!). I was at a New Years event at the YMCA with my youth group, when a woman from my church asked me to meet her in the lobby before she left because she wanted to give me something. I was literally so confused because I had NO idea what the heck she'd be wanting to give me. I anxiously made my way to the lobby to see her and her husband standing by the door and I will never forget what happened. She looked me in the eye, made a comment about how she does not get emotional, but told me that she felt like God had told her and her husband that they needed to gift me with a brand new camera that they had just bought for their family. I stood there for a second, shocked, and really unsure of what to say or do. I did not understand it at the time, but the older I get, the more I'm able to see how much this meant. She barely knew me. I'd been going to church with them for a little under a year. I finally took the camera out of her hands, thanked them both, and went back into where the event was being held. I couldn't think of anything else for the rest of the night. They didn't do it for recognition or praise, which is why I'll never share their names (they'd definitely throat punch me), but I don't think they knew, even then, that they allowed me to push on and take photographs like this one. This incident was 8 years ago, but I still think about it often. Because of it, I'm able to live my dream and photograph love for a living. If you feel like your dreams are small, minute, teensy half thoughts, embrace them. Allow yourself to flourish in them. For so long, I thought that this could never support me or my family, but that's exactly where I am now. I fully believe that if you're in something fully, you can do anything. Cheering for you today, friends.
Ivan + Alina | Pinterest worthy am I right?
Kinda love the fact that these two have booked a session with me for every season of the year since my first year of doing photography. & still they melt me to my core every time.