Some time ago, I made the decision to cut back on the number of weddings I would photograph. The longer you do something, the longer you're into something, you develop a much better sense of what it is you hope to gain from continuing to do it. I love photographing weddings. But for me, it's not just about the money (it's hard work, believe it or not, and though the money is good, I couldn't support myself and my son if I chose to do it full time, I got bills), but it's also about the relationship, dialogue and trust between myself and the bride and groom. If you've got that, to me, the hard part is already out of the way. I can evoke and capture so much more genuine experiences and emotion than if I were some stranger that only met the bride and groom the day of the wedding. It also has an enormous trickle-down effect that radiates throughout the wedding parties; people feel more open and comfortable with you around and they often times forget that you're pointing a camera at them. Either that or they simply don't care, but I like to think it's the former.
I've known Kyle and his family for years; they're some of my best friends here in Texas, the kind of people that immediately make you feel like you're nothing less than family. I was truly honored to have been a part of Kyle and Sara's wedding.