I fell in love four years ago today. I was your typical (ok, slightly nerdy) high school senior, excited about prom and graduation and feeling completely unprepared to enter the "real world" of college. I spent most of my afternoons snacking at my best friend's house or watching cartoons, completely unaware that my life was about to be knocked completely off course. I was about to be introduced to something that would change the path I would wander during my college years and beyond, and I was completely unaware. You see, at that time in my life, I had never even attended a wedding. That's right, folks, I made it 17 whole years without having attended a wedding, and as far as I knew, I wasn't missing out on much. That was before this amazing day.
It began so innocently. My friend's dad was a wedding photographer in search of a new assistant, and he knew that I liked to take pictures (and when I say I liked to take pictures, I mean I went through disposable cameras faster than a college kid goes through a pack of Ramen noodles). He invited me to come along and shoot a wedding with him, and it sounded like a cool way to make money, so I agreed. That's when it happened. To quote Rebecca Bloomwood, "You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast?" Well, that's what it was like when I attended my first wedding. I felt nervous, excited, anxious and joyful at the same time. I had no idea how to use the beast of a camera that he let me borrow, but I did know one thing: I was falling completely, totally, head-over-heels in love with wedding photography, and there was no turning back.
The last four years have been such an amazing adventure for me. I've been able to travel to exotic places, build friendships with some really fabulous photographers, and (most importantly) develop relationships with more amazing clients than I ever could have imagined. Even with all of the changes that have taken place in my life, though, right now I feel much the same as I did back then: like your typical, slightly nerdy college senior, excited about formal and graduation, and feeling a little overwhelmed that I am about to step into the real real world. The difference is that this time I stride confidently into the future, knowing that by pursuing this dream I am at the center of God's will and He will be with me every step of the way.
Now, without further adieu, here are my favorite images from Fernanda & Jorge's wonderful wedding.