Susanne emailed me in January while I was visiting my sister Shawnee in New Zealand. She had seen some wedding photos I shot last year for my friend Allison. She asked if I could shoot her wedding as well. At the time I was working full time and couldn’t really wrap my head around doing photography for a living. I had just been signed to Getty Images but I still thought of photography as just a hobby. I don’t know what my problem was. I was receiving emails every month or so asking if I shot weddings and what my prices were. I guess I just lived in the backwards notion that your job was something you tolerated and your passion was something you did for free.
I told my sister about the email. She suddenly got very serious on me. Something you should know about my sister. 4 and a half years ago she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was given only a 30% chance of living for another 5 years. You can do the math. She told me that my job might be comfortable, but I’ve been given a gift in this life. She said the last thing you want to have happen is to find that you look back on life and regret giving your time away to things that don’t matter. That night when I checked my inbox, I received an email informing me that the company I had been giving my life to had just gone belly up and I was now unemployed. My sister just smiled when I told her and said, “The Universe is obviously trying to tell you something.”
I emailed Susanne back and told her I would love to shoot her wedding.
In the last 21 days between second shooting weddings for my new friend Rebecca and shooting for my own clients, I’ve had 7 wedding and engagement shoots! It rocks! I love sharing my time and passion with people who are so obviously in love. I love being a part of this moment in their lives. I’m so amazed at the amount of change that’s taken place in my life since receiving Susanne’s email 8 months ago. The Rockwell wedding is going to be happening this weekend at the Georgetown Ballroom. I think it’s obvious that this one is going to be a special one.
I thought for their engagement set it would be fun to do something totally different. I recently took a field trip to the Warhol exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. I became super inspired by his photo booth portraits. I thought it would be awesome to do something along those lines for Susanne and Scott. They seemed to like the idea too. They showed up fully equipped with several hats and sunglasses to meet me at the photo booth at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. I think the image below says it all.
The Future Rockwells 36 Times
View the Photo Booth images larger HERE.
Scott and Susanne are such amazing and talented artists. I am so honored that two people who’s work I am already a fan of have chosen me to document their wedding day. Their request has truly been the catalyst for so much awesome change in my life.