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Why I Love Photographing Weddings

September is usually peak wedding season, and this year isn’t any different. Weddings fit my personality well. The more emotion and action There is around me, I’ve found I slow down and focus in on what I need to capture. I don’t mind the long hours; that feeling of a tired body, but full heart is so fulfilling.

A few years ago, I got to photograph Fatma and Justin’s wedding. Their ceremony encapsulated why I love photographing weddings.

About halfway into the ceremony, a mirror was brought out for the bride and groom to hold and the officiant asked to them to share what they saw.

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Fatma said, “I see my best friend, someone who has supported and loved me through the hardest times in my life.” Justin replied, “I see the kindest and strongest person I’ve ever known.”

Before the ceremony, Fatma shared with me that she was a cancer survivor. She had gone through treatment the year before, and surgery only a few months before the wedding. This wedding wasn’t just a celebration of their love, but a culmination of the long road they had traveled to get there.

In the midst of this I was there, standing closer to them than their family and friends because I was invited as a trusted witness to photograph their day. I remember wiping away tears while trying to capture every moment of that day.

Being able to show them that precious moment a few weeks later is something I do not take for granted. It's something I am grateful for every time I pick up my camera. All the hard work and experience gained, helped me to capture their love and all the hope they have. Beyond all the decorations and aesthetics of a wedding, this is why I love photographing weddings.

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