Recently I spent some time going through old posts and I realized you don’t really have a birthday. You were born. One minute I was living the corporate life and the next you were here. I’ve always thought of October as your birthday, but as I looked through my old posts I noticed that I started my first blog in September and photographed my first wedding at the end of that month. I remembered it only took me a few days of going through those pictures and tediously editing them to know that this is what I wanted to be when I grew up. I guess that’s why I’ve always celebrated you in October.
While making space in my office for our newest child, I ran across your “birth certificate” and realized that I was way off. Then in a flood of memories, I remembered that day so clearly. There was a light drizzle and I was nervous to the point of shaking walking into the county court office. Then I paced anxiously trying to decide on your official name, because the one I wanted was already taken. On May 27, 2009, I walked out of that building with my shoulders back, head up and a huge smile on my face as I held my DBA in my hands. Honestly I was probably more scared than I have ever been and I wasn’t sure what to do next.
I never imagined our relationship becoming what it has and I wanted to take a few minutes to celebrate you and these past 8+ years together…
In these 8 years…
We’ve been a part of 161 couples wedding day.
We’ve documented the start of 35 of those couples’ families.
We’ve had 3 different blogs and 6 different websites.
We’ve figured out that we’re where we’re supposed to be and have even won awards for it.
We’ve fallen. We got back up.
We’ve made mistakes.
We’ve been challenged.
We’ve traveled together.
We’ve set goals and celebrated successes.
We’ve learned to celebrate failures too.
We’ve added members to our own family.
We’re learning balance.
We’ve learned there’s a lot more to being a photographer than just taking pictures.
We’ve learned that we can’t survive without our lists.
Sometimes it seems as if we spent every waking moment together. Pulling all nighters while we designed yet another new website. Spending countless hours learning, creating and dreaming.
Constantly learning and challenging each other there have been numerous times you’ve made me cry and sometimes feel inadequate, you kept pushing me to grow. Never for a second have I dreamed of not being with you and I promise that no matter what direction my life takes me, you will always be here.
I know I haven’t spent as much time with you in this last year. We’ve grown to the point where you’re almost self sufficiant and while there have been so many things I’ve wanted to do to nurture you to continue to grow, I have no doubts that I found you the perfect match and we will all figure out how to work together.
Reflecting on our last 8 years together I thought I’d remind us that this was the moment I started falling in love with you.
But this was the moment I knew.
And I love that we are still creating together…