This past week I did a senior session for two gorgeous seniors that were totally fun to work with. We had a great time and ended up at the beach like a lot of my sessions do (so thankful to live in a place like Southern California). Anyways, at the end when we were hiking back up to our cars, we came across another photographer with a couple in tow that he had just shot engagement pictures for. He was carrying a top-of-the-line camera with a ginormous lens attached, and thousands of dollars worth of lenses in a suitcase rolling behind him. The couple was wearing white button up shirts and cuffed denim jeans.
I was jealous. I coveted his big, fancy camera and the look of confidence on his face. I looked at his bag and calculated the cost of everything he was carrying, knowing that it would be years before I could purchase even one piece of it. But then I stopped myself. Remembering the thing I hear over and over again, the camera does not make the photographer. He was walking a few steps behind his clients and no one was saying a word. It was a silent up-hill battle of awkwardness. I wondered if he even knew much about them or what made their relationship unique. I wonder now if he even noticed her antique engagement ring and asked for the story behind it. Or did he not care?
I realized in that moment how lucky I am even with my “starter” equipment and little lenses I carry over my shoulder, because I have clients that are so beautiful inside and out. Clients that trust me even though my business is new and I have an unhealthy hatred for matchy-couples and hand-heart pictures. And with this realization, I just wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone that has trusted me to photograph their memories for them this far. It really means a lot that you put your faith in me and my passion, and I love each and every one of you for it.
And heres a little sneak peek of the two seniors I mentioned. I’d love to hear what you think!