Love is Easy to Photograph
I was invited to document a very special party for a very special couple; they both turned 70. Don't they look GREAT?! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous to be the photographer at this event. I would also be lying if I said I didn't spring a few leaks during it either (I'll explain that later).
When I arrived I did my thing. I introduced myself, scouted the building, and grabbed some detail shots. Then the guest of honors arrived. This is when it all went "downhill". The party was supposed to be a surprise but it was found out days prior, so instead, I WAS THE SURPRISE! I will never forget their faces when I was introduced as their photographer for the day. Pure joy! Actually, this photo represents the look on their faces very well. Her hands were clutched and held close to her face in excitement and extreme gratefulness.
As the day progressed, I couldn't keep my eyes off the couple. After all these years and 2 boys later, they were still so smitten with each other! The constant caressing of her back and gentle kisses upon her head just left me in awe of their love for one another. When I document parties like this I don't prompt families, I just stand back and scan. I scan the room and look for moments happening. I am very good at seeing a moment and knowing what will happen next. I can honestly say there was never a moment these two were not together. He would be rubbing her arms or she would be playfully dropping confetti atop his head. If one left the room, the other was sure to follow.
I had multiple people approach me and say, "I feel like we need to be doing more activities to get you some great shots." This family could have been partying in a junk yard and I STILL would have great shots. The love they have for each other is evident. The only tears I saw were happy tears (including myself). There was a moment when they were thanking all of their guests and I stood behind my camera just blubbering (silently, of course). The love and laughter that this family shares is something I am so honored to have witnessed and documented.
I've said it before and I will say it again.....LOVE IS EASY TO PHOTOGRAPH!