I delight in capturing special moments, whether it be the smile of an innocent child... ... the drama of nature... View attachment 14836 ... a golden landscape... View attachment 14837 ... or the glory of a simple flower. View attachment 14838 But, for me, the most awesome and rewarding challenge is in shooting a wedding... not just the formals, which can be redone, but the ephemeral magic moments. View attachment 14839 It's not an assignment to be taken lightly, because the bride and groom (and most dauntingly, the mothers-in-law!) entrust you to create a gallery that will become a family tresure. I view this as Mission Critical photography, and didn't dare to take on the role of prime shooter until I had participated in half a dozen weddings as a casual participant or assistant. My first prime assignment was in April, and the groom is the son of my best friend, who passed away over 25 years ago when Cody was just an infant. The event was a joyous occasion, with a lovely setting, beautiful participants, and gorgeous light. View attachment 14840 View attachment 14841 View attachment 14842 And it started a virtuous cycle for me and the participants. The bride, Nici, who acted as her own wedding planner, used the gallery as a reference to land her dream job as a professional Wedding Coordinator for a top end facility in the Phoenix area. The gallery also became my reference that helped me secure my second prime assignment, which I completed last month. View attachment 14843 And now that gallery has landed me two more weddings... one in Arizona in November (yes, at Nici's facility), and another in San Diego in the Spring of '06. There's good karma at work here .