I found my love for my camera when I was in a place where I felt out of place. I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t want to burden those around me by needing translation all of the time. I learned to be alone. I finally had a way to capture the beauty that I often saw. The following year, I moved to a new country and nannied three children. During that time, I’d bring my camera along on bike rides, to the park and while we made messes in the kitchen. I started taking notes on the words that were said and the experience I was having. A while later, I was back living in Columbus and eagerly said yes when people asked me to document their lives. Two dear friends took a risk, by asking me to document their wedding. Since then my camera has taken me around the world, to dozens of weddings, and into houses without electricity. I’ve sat around the table with grandmothers, waited with midwives and cried tears of joy during both the absence and presence of a “perfect day.”
As I grow older and time is more precious, I realize that I want to spend every moment of my life creating meaningful and honest connection with people who make us feel glad to be alive. People who are gracious, kind, silly and a little weird. My background studies are in Comparative Cultural Studies, soI always enjoy a chance to experience a different culture or tradition. My husband (since Labor Day 2014) has been shooting with me for two years and makes an awesome partner in life and in business. Between his height to hang a wedding dress up real high, to his attention to detail and ability to catch beautiful candids that may go unnoticed, we work very well together. We talk to and about our couples as friends, not just a vendor at a wedding.
And yes, we did jump into the pool on our wedding day.
photos by Sara Long Photography.