The best kind of love is the kind that you can just feel. No one has to even say the words “I love you” for you to simply know. To believe you are loved. You can feel the energy of two people in love fill a room. You can see it in their eyes. The way they look at each other is beyond anything that could be described in words. If you have never felt this type of love, you long for it when you see others who have found it. Why is it so hard for many of us to find? I think this is why I love wedding, engagement and elopement photography so much. The energy and the love seen between a newly engaged couple is electric! To be able to capture those moments, the looks, the sweet gentle kisses between the couple is what drives me to be better at what I do. Those candid moments can’t ever be replicated and I have the privilege to capture those moments to ultimately share with the world. To hopefully provide to the world this sense of hope that we all can find this love. That this connection truly exists in the world.
But back to my initial question, why is it so hard for many of us to find? I think that we all have the capacity to love each other so deeply and so passionately yet we tend to be close minded. Some of us will reject others based on looks, or their hobbies, or based off their initial interaction with a new person. By rejecting them we have closed a door to finding that person we are meant to be with. Many of us become close minded to certain opportunities. I believe that in order to find that tremendous love we must be open mind and allow ourselves to give into what may be a bigger plan. However, if we continue to be close minded and reject potential opportunities we could be losing out on this lifetime of electric love that so many of us crave.
So I urge you to try something new. Be open minded. Allow the world around you to speak to you and allow yourself to read what the world is telling you. Be spontaneous and a little crazy. Try something new and allow yourself to not prejudge people before you get to know them. Be open to the opportunity to love deeply.
Growing up I always had a passion for life. In my eyes, living, being adventurous, traveling and following your heart was all that life was about. I was known for being a wild soul with an adventurous spirit. There was no trip or adventure too crazy for me. However, most of that changed when I was knee deep in nursing school four years ago. My days included me staying up late, forcing myself to understand concepts that were so advanced, rushing to clinical rotations only to be frustrated over and over again. I had survived nursing school and was facing the world in search of a career I only thought I had wanted. If only I had known that there was a bigger plan for me. If only I had known that there was something out there that could make me happy and passionate about life again. After graduating I worked as hard as I could to be the best possible nurse that I could be, but I had no drive. I became burnt out before I had even started. It seemed as if all the life was sucked out of me. I had lost so much of my spark for life and had no desire to do much of anything until I decided to pick up my camera again.
With my camera and a new sense of excitement, I connected with co-workers and did some family portraits for them. I began to build this idea that I could do this for a living. I could share this love of art and my creative soul with others. I began to reach out to engaged couples and many more reached out to me. My heart and soul were filled with so much joy and love that I just did not want it to go away. Since then, I’ve decided to hold on tight to my camera and never let go! haha I am living the dream! Many people simply do not understand why I left a field as “fulfilling” as nursing, but for me, it was an easy choice. I was not myself while I was nursing. I had lost my sense of adventure, my love for life and my passion for art. Photography has saved me…
In life we often become comfortable. We find a steady job, we build a family, we have our friends, but not often enough do we stand up for ourselves. We don’t believe we deserve more or deserve happiness. We lose our sense of adventure the older we get. Without a sense of adventure a passion for our craft, are we truly living? I find that with my camera, I am an I have the opportunity to chase adventure and also tell someone else’s story. With my camera in hand I can help show the world and tell them about your biggest adventure!!