I want to share the backstory for this week’s  “Image of the Week”…

Jennifer was referred to me by one of my previous brides who has since become one of my dearest friends …thus setting the tone for a great connection between us.

From the first email that  Jennifer sent me inquiring about my photography she was warm, down to earth and trusting .

Jennifer shared that planning her wedding had not been easy because her precious Dad had suddenly and recently passed away.

Throughout the next several months I got to know Jennifer a little bit better and I got to witness her strength, grace and resilience.

Fast forward to her wedding day – I arrived at her childhood home for her bridal prep photos.

As with any bridal prep area – whether it be in a home or at a hotel –  it is usually bustling with activity, bridesmaids, relatives, garment bags, luggage, water bottles etc etc.

It can be challenging to create images devoid of all of this periphery – artful  images that are not  merely what one would see at face value – but creative imagery that tells a story…in this case Jennifer’s story.

Which is what I am going for when I am entrusted to photograph a wedding day.

Storytelling with an observant eye and a sensitive heart that pertains to Jennifer’s life – not from a random/obvious shot list – or from someone else’s Pinterest board – not from a magazine article stating,”Must Have Shots”.

There is only one Jennifer . . .  only one you/me.

And because Jennifer trusted me to do just that… I was able to create something special for her – unique to her and no one else – thus sharing  part of her story.

As I walked into Jennifer’s family room – there she sat – facing the light coming through the  sliding glass doors as her talented make up artist (Christina Doepp) applied her makeup.

I pulled up a dining room chair and shot through the woodwork…

And in between them  hung a painting  on the wall of her beloved Dad.