Moments with Meaning – Erin and Nick

In a world flooded with images, my goal is to make images that are truly meaningful to my clients. I strive to create images that, even months and years later, will still have an emotional reaction. The photos makes them laugh, cry, or sigh with contentment.

I asked my clients which image, or images, made a difference to them in their wedding photos. You’ll see in their own words (below) how that image impacted them emotionally. Enjoy!

Father Daughter Danced

Wow ~ it is so tough to pick out just one image because they are all so wonderful. I would have to say that the iconic image for me would be the one of my dad and I dancing the tango (or trying to) at the reception. I know that it is goofy, but it makes my heart smile every time I see it.

Just a bit of history, my dad has always been full of love and very supportive of me. So much so that I dedicated my doctoral dissertation to him. :-) Back in 2011, my dad was in the hospital for over 6 months (sedated in the ICU for 6 weeks) with double pneumonia, kidney failure and stomach ulcers. The doctors said he had a 5% chance of making it, and when he finally did recover from the pneumonia, they told us he had suffered two strokes and his muscles had been idle for so long that he had to relearn how to walk, brush his teeth, everything.

It was a really difficult time for my family.My dad is now on dialysis and takes several medications, and every day is a challenge for he and my mom, but they try to stay positive and make the most of each day. Which is why it meant the world to me that he was so full of joy at the wedding. I have not seen him smile that much since before he was in the hospital.

He told me before the wedding that he had been trying to take walks every day so that he would have the strength to walk my mom and I both down the aisle. And he was sooo nervous about the father-daughter dance because he hadn’t danced in such a long time. We couldn’t really practice because Nick and I live in Georgia and my parents live in Houston. Not only did he walk my mom and I down the aisle, but we had a blast dancing to the father-daughter song (as evidenced by the image :-)).

When I look at the image, it reminds me of how far he and my family have come. It also reminds Nick and I of what a wonderful time all of our friends and family were having at the wedding. Our only hope for the wedding was for everyone to have a good time, and this image make us feel like they did. :-)