My favorite question ever asked in the history of the world is this: "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?" The answer is, nothing. It profits him nothing. As a wedding photographer, I am quite likely the least important person in a sea of important people on a day that is quite likely one of the most important days of many of those persons' lives. But having been a helplessly romantic, tiny fly on the wall for the past ten years, witnessing the love stories of couples on their wedding day, I get this unique perspective on fresh, shiny new beginnings. It's hard not to be subjective about the situation. It's hard not to fully root for every single couple, to yearn for years and years of joy and triumph. In hoping for these things, I've often thought about the traits that make me think, "Yes! This couple is winning and will win, and win and win." You know what the unequivocal common denominator is? It's the trait that allows even this almost stranger photographer to see that neither spouse will ever exploit the other's vulnerabilities. It's that fierce selfless promise to guard and protect the other. That if shame, pain or poverty ever had to befall the one, each would volunteer to take the hit that the other might be spared. It's the underlying drive to bring that person's sense of belonging and sense of safety and purpose and joy above their own, even if, and most importantly when, no one else but their spouse is aware. There are two kinds of commitment, while both commendable, one is superior. There is the commitment to stay married no matter what, which is good. But then there is the commitment to stay HAPPILY married, which takes a whole other paradigm shift of one's ego. In a society rife with self elevation, Brian entered his marriage as Rose first then Brian. Rose entered it as Brian first then Rose. And in doing so, both have ensured that each is always number one and that both will always be found and guarded by the other. The result? An unwavering promise to always find one another's soul, to never lose it, and in doing so, to gain so much more than this simple world can offer.
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I’m THAT kid cauuuuuse tomorrow’s my BIRTHDAY AND ITS going to be ...⁣ ⁣ 👻 ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Also, family sessions give me LIFE, especially when I read these words ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ “Yes it captures our family, but it captures the silliness that Ben is great at bringing, Noey’s always serious and questioning look, Beck paying attention and shyly smiling, Killy wondering how he ended up in this wild family and Shea talk/laughing as usual!⁣ ⁣ This little captured moment will be such a sweet memory down the road when this mama heart is aching that the babies are all grown. To look back and see these array of faces and remember all the fun we had playing around in the field while someone silently captured every perfectly precious moment.”⁣ ⁣ ⁣ This is what makes my heart beat, 🖤⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣#peoplesportrait #letthembelittle #letthembekids #upnorth #cny#cny#cnyographer #cny #collectmoments #littlemoments #centralnewyork #familysession #familyportraits #letthemexplore #bravoportraits #clintonphotographer #syracusephotographer #familylifestyle #cnyphotographer #cnyphotography
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@thekarlisweetman takin pop shots at breakfast the other day. Our brand is growing and people are starting to take notice. Photography with a personal connection is priceless.. . . . #montclairnj #photography #photooftheday #syracusephotographer #rva #bringbackrva #rvax #richmondmag #syracusenewyork #manifest #reflections #canonusa #har#hardwork #goa#goals #tak#takingaction #1#1 #noexcuses #portrait #mikesweetmanphotography #NYC #hellskitchen #gallerywall #viral #reallife #connected #inspiration #hardwork #goals #takingaction #1
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The holiday’s will be here before you know it. Book your family photos now. Furry members welcome as well! #syracusephotographer #familyphotography #familyphotoshoot
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I returned to @homesteadnps today for the second round of research for the administrative history. The sun this afternoon after work was glorious, and shows the Heritage Center to full advantage. This building, designed by @gwwoarchitects and completed in 2007, fits wonderfully into the setting, emerging from the restored tallgrass prairie. This place definitely is worth a visit. #4x5 #4x5camera #largeformatphotography #wistacamera #findyourpark @nationalparkservice #prairie #nebraskahistory #homesteading #syracusephotographer
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Family sessions may be my new favorite 😍 if you are a local upstate New Yorker, check out #sel#selkirkshoresepark annual fall festival this Saturday. I will have a booth set up at 11 am with multiple photo package options. . . . . . . . . . #syracusephotographer #upstatenyphotographer #nyphotographer #familyphotos #upstatenyfamilyphotographer #syracusefamilyphotographer #naturallightphoto #alliericephoto #selkirkshores #fallfestival
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