I was on a girl’s trip a few years back and the topic of winning the lottery came up. ‘If you won the lottery and could do anything, what would you do?’
Each woman spoke, and all of them said they would do something different than what they were doing now. All of them said they would change their jobs, become painters, or aestheticians or travel. As I listened to this conversation that should make me excited to answer I just felt dread. When it was my turn I was the last one to share. Almost in tears, I responded, ‘I would still be a photographer, is that so lame?’
I just couldn’t imagine wanting to do anything else.
Everyone was quiet, then they erupted in a chaos of ‘Hell no’s!’ and laughter and I burst into tears as I realized that I was doing what I loved now, with no lottery winnings. I check in with myself every once and again to just see, test those old waters out and make sure. And sure enough, I am still so in love with photographing people and events.
I love interpreting light, thinking on the fly at your wedding, and visual problem solving. I love the intimacy my clients allow me to see, when sometimes I am the only other person there with them as they exchange vows. I love the backstage access to your wedding, the ability to be allowed everywhere to document the tiniest of details and the most epic moments. I love pouring over my images and seeing your story come to life before my eyes as I add my finishing touches. I love holding your finished wedding album and running my fingers gently over the prints while feeling the weight of the book in my hands.
I love the process. All of it.
Having me be a part of your wedding day is the highest honor, and I strive to document your event as if you were my family. So go on and settle in, and enjoy seeing the stories unfold. – Carla Ten Eyck Connecticut based international wedding photographer
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