My morning begins at 6am, when the daylight hours have barely begun to peek over the horizon with pink and golden rays. I drag myself out of bed, eyelids still heavy, and take a quick shot of the sunrise in stunning panorama. I check to make sure the shots are good and then stumble down to breakfast. Even half asleep, I am still a photographer.
The moment I'm fully awake, it is time to get to work. As a destination wedding photographer, my job takes me to the most amazing places. I have been through the hectic haze of London, taking pictures of every police box I see and stopping native Londoners for a fashion photo op. I have been to the coastal Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where crystal waves break on turquoise shores. The shore glows at night with lights peeking from city windows, tall buildings engraved in the cliff side.
Each day is a new adventure, ripe with potential and the chance to take that perfect shot, the one all photographers dream about. It's not all fun and games, though.
When I tell people what I do for a living, I typically get the same response: “Oh, so you take pictures?”
Well, duh. But there's so much more to it than that. Wedding photographers oftentimes are the lynch pin that holds the wedding together. We are not only photographing your special moments; we do a bit of everything.
I have many times found myself playing decorator, coordinator, therapist... I should really start putting these things on my resume. I am also a stylist, entertainer and children-finder. I have had brides and mothers cry on my shoulder, and I have taken more coffee orders than I can count, or drink orders for that matter. The list goes on and on...
But I am not complaining. I love all of it. I love the bustle and energy, the beauty of fresh new love blossoming in front of me as I capture romantic moments, but most of all, I love knowing that I've made the bride's day special. I guess you could say I set the mood. How I do my job sets the tone for how the wedding is going to be. When I do my job well, everybody's happy, which makes me feel rewarded and sets my heart aflutter.
It is not just my work; it is my passion. It is the tidal wave that sweeps me away into an ocean of ideas, and it's also the gentle flow that brings me back to calm waters. My brain is always bursting with anticipation of where my job will bring me next, what exciting new opportunities I will find that day.
It's not just a job. It's my way of life.
There are times in everybody's life predetermined for big changes. For me, this year was like that. I started searching widely the true essence of my being, simultaneously growing and learning how to be the best I can be.
Here are things 2014. taught me:
- Letting go is okay.
- The sun always rises (and it is always beautiful).
- Life is a map to a hidden treasure, just follow your heart!
- There is music in everything.
- Trees can grow through rocks.
- Simplicity, patience and compassion are the greatest treasures.
- Everything comes in the right moment.
- Some of the best days of my life haven't happened yet.
- My inner child is still ageless.
This is my 2014. in review...
Last weekend I traveled to Split, beautiful second-largest city in Croatia, placed on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.
I am thankful for the opportunity to participate and show my work at Just Say Yes, the first autumn wedding show there.
I would like to thank all those beautiful couples who stopped by to say hello and talked with me, telling me their story... I am happy because I met so many people in love who reminded me why I absolutely love my job! :)
I had so much fun and I am lucky because I have met so many great people; wedding organizers, florists, photographers, designers... I am looking forward to next Just Say Yes wedding show! :D
Also, many thanks to Foto Studio Toni for these lovely pictures. :)
When she was younger, she wrote down a list. It wasn't a grocery list, it wasn't a list of things to do... It was a list of characteristics that the love of her life and her future husband must own. Then she met him, her best friend and a soul mate. Best thing of all, he was everything she wrote down on that list... Even more than she expected!
I was lucky enough to had an opportunity to met this extraordinary couple in love, and furthermore, document the most important day in their life. Iva and Tino, thank you for letting me into your life!
I am really blessed for doing something I genuinely enjoy. It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together and my heart skips a beat every time my photo put a smile on someone's face. My goal is to show people photographing can be really fun and pleasant. I also want them to leave with a positive experience, as well as with timeless memories.
Wonderful people, like Iva and Tino who wrote me this card, inspire me to be the best I can be.
You can check out their wedding here.
Feel and live everything you do.