I’ve spent the last couple of days at a conference at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA. It was crazy for me, because I shot one of my very first weddings there in the summer of 2005! It was film, and I was scared. to. death.
The bride and groom were super relaxed (a trend that would follow us our whole career, I guess!). I actually helped write the vows before the ceremony, and Jesse tied the ties for all the groomsmen. Thus began our careers as so much more than just “the photographers.”
But because the conference was all about building my business and getting refreshed creatively, it was this funny little juxtaposition for me – to be shooting literally at the spot where it all started. I feel so lucky, and I feel so experienced and confident after those 7 years.
But even though it feels like a lifetime between then and now, I still like some of the photos. And I’m really proud of them because “photojournalism” wasn’t popular yet, and we were getting little moments like this between father and daughter, just like we do now. We may be older, more polished and way better business people, but it all started because we love people.