Prior to Saturday's wedding, Jeanette and I were standing in a parking lot with videographer Ben Pliss and his assistant Lauren, waiting for our couple to arrive. We were catching up and plotting out the day, cameras in hand, when a 50-ish gentlemen walked up to us and said something along the lines of, "Oh, can I just stand with you guys for a minute and live the dream." He was smiling and he had a bag full of camera gear himself. He obviously thought fondly of what we do for work.
It's easy sometimes, in the hustle of the wedding photography business, to forgot how fortunate we are to make pictures for a living (and to forget how many people would like to do this for their job). We have worked very hard to get here -- there are no shortcuts that I know of to making an artistic endeavor pay off as a career -- but I'm grateful to that gentleman for reminding us of how blessed we are. We found something that we cared enough about to pour years of energy into, to work through lots of rejections, and to -- many, many weddings later -- still see the magic in.
We are lucky, and life is good.
Did you know that Jeff and Jeanette, the husband-wife team that make up JFP, have a camera to thank for their marriage? Jeff was working as a photographer and Jeanette was working as a model ... The rest is, as they say, history!