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Blog Project Week 18: Allow
Some of you may have seen this picture already because I posted it on Facebook after I took it on Saturday because I couldn't wait! This past weekend I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph a bridal shower for bride-to-be Leigh. I was recommended to her from a mutual friend, and as it turns out we actually had many connections in several different (rather funny) ways.
Any event or session I do means a lot to me and I get excited and love seeing the unique details for each party and each person's personality. Capturing the details that are important to them is always my top priority, and keeping a close eye on unfolding events is the most important thing I can do as a photographer. This party was no exception as I watched family and friends eager to greet the bride-to-be.
I chose a photo from this shower to use for "Allow", because it was a perfect representation of how I feel about my work. Every time I show up for a session or event with my trusty camera ready to start capturing memories, I feel blessed that my client has chosen me to "allow" to be there to photograph a special time in their life that can frequently be very personal and sometime emotional. That was the case in this photograph.
Leigh had mentioned several times that day that her mom was "a crier" and that Leigh herself wasn't the emotional one. However, partway through the gift opening a very special gift was handed to Leigh with a card addressed to "Belle". The sight alone of the outside of the card started to bring an immediate reaction to her as she worked to quietly hold back tears. Given to her by her soon-to-be Mother-in-law was a necklace made from a charm that had belonged to her groom's great-grandmother. "Belle" was the nickname her fiancé's grandmother had given her before she passed away, and the charm was one that had belonged to her and was her mother's. Now the charm was being passed down and on to Leigh as an official welcoming into the family. It took her a moment or two to get her emotions under control after this gift before she moved on to the next, which is when I captured this picture.
Gently wiping one tear away as a room full of (now) emotional women watched on, Leigh let her guard down and I was able to capture this moment for her and her family. It was a beautiful moment, and I feel so lucky as a photographer and truly felt what it meant for them to "allow" me into this important time in their lives. It's why I love what I do, day in and day out.
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