Good morning & Happy Wednesday!
Today we are so excited to get to share some images from our “To Have & To BHLDN” Anthropologie-inspired, Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop that we put on earlier this month at our home in CT. Of all the things we get to do with our business, I feel like the chance to get to be a teacher and help lift up the next generation of photographers is one of the most humbling. And… one of the greatest honors.
For me, it is right up there with documenting someone on their wedding day and the start of a new life together. Because if we can help someone at the start of their business, if we can make that path just a little easier, then we can help them build that life as well. To make not just a living but a LIFE doing this thing that they love. And we can help make sure that all the couples they photograph have someone great to tell their story too. And that they might be able to help out another up and coming photographer when the time comes. And the ripple effects just go on.
We’ve taken a lot of heat over the past couple of years for helping out new photographers with things like the Pancake Sessions & workshops like Walk Through and What’s Next. The argument goes something like they should have to figure out for themselves the hard way. And the market would be a whole lot less flooded if some of them would just fail already. But I think when the craft stops being taught and passed on from one photographer to another….that’s when all of us fail.
Because the thing is, we ALL had teachers. None of us were born knowing f-stops and shutter speeds. Justin had teachers in both high school & RIT who took an interest in him and saw the talent that he had. And then in turn, I in him had a phenomenal teacher. Why wouldn’t we pay that forward?
I think when you really, truly fall in love with photography you can’t help but want to teach it. Because you just want other people to fall in love with it too.
So as for us, we will continue teach on. And do everything in our power to help new photographers.
Because like my pal Will.I.Am said it best: “Who-who cares what the haters think.”
And because someone did that for us.
Enjoy the pictures friends!