Libby taught me so much as a photographer. She probably doesn’t know the depth of her influence on my vision as a photographer. So, when she emailed me to ask me to photograph her wedding, I had a combined reaction of shock, honor, excitement, and more excitement. I would get to witness and photograph a very special day for a really special friend, whom I hadn’t seen in a decade.
When I look back at my time in the photo-j program at Mizzou, my classmates and colleagues all had different influences on me. (Of which, I will spare you the diatribe at this moment, but I’d like to write a post about at some other time.) But, perhaps because we lived under the same roof for a year, and Libby was a year ahead of me, I looked up to her.
Here are just a few things that Libby taught me —
Libby taught me that simple light cast on a wall is one of the most beautiful things. She taught me to think differently about layers in photography. She taught me to chill out when I was my neurotic self while hunting for photo internships. She got me interested in drinking hot tea — of which I drink nearly every day now.
And now she reminded me that friendship, even though it may lose its consistency through distance and time, can be rekindled.
One thing that I loved photographing on Libby & Adam’s wedding day, was capturing the essence of Libby. (Family, friends, please weigh in this.) When you really know someone, their idiosyncrasies become so much a part of documenting their day. I had fun with that — especially while Libby was hanging out with her friends in the morning. It was so much fun!
Thank you for trusting me as your wedding photographer, and thank you for being an amazing friend. Lots of love to both of you.
And, Adam, I hadn’t forgotten about you. There’s more on Adam on their post from their portrait session. Hop on over.