Hi I'm Gretchen!
That's me in a nutshell over there laughing at something my good friend Nataly said and feeling pretty silly in front of the camera. Despite what it looks like, it always feels strange to be on the other side. But. You gotta have images of yourself. You just do. Let me share:
In my house I print everything. I have stacks of prints that have yet to make it into albums but to me, the organization isn't what's important, it's having the prints to spread out on the floor and talk about with my two children. We've been doing that since they were tiny and the stacks just grow and we share more about what they remind us of and laugh together and sometimes cry a little too.
My son Dorian is 10 and my daughter Hazel is 11 and when they were 3 & 5 their father, my husband Igor, died of suicide. I hesitate to share this with you all because it's kind of heavy but I want you to know where my value in photographs comes from. My prints, those ones that we spread out on the floor are the stories that they have left and what keeps my memory fresh. We get to see his happy grin, his dance folly and the hugs he gave his friends. There are no possessions I treasure more than those images and there is no gift greater for Hazel and Dorian.
As we print new photographs of our lives, of each of us, including me, our story unfolds before us. We can map our journey as a family now of three. We can see where the images that include him stop and where our smaller team began and we have hand held evidence of our joys and our adventures reminding us always of the meaning and humor, regardless of loss, in life.
I know that your day isn't the same but I want the same experience for you of spreading out your images, picking each up, being reminded of that moment's joy over and over again. Wedding days are such a precious crown of tenderness and hope. They bring people together that might otherwise never see one another. They can build bridges and mend broken hearts.
I photograph weddings because when memories fade, as they eventually do, what you have left are the photographs. Physical, celebratory and lasting evidence of what was a magnificent coming together of two, to never ever be forgotten. Wedding days are for laughter and promises and gathering and they are an example of all things good in the world. If that's not worth documenting with full heart I don't know what is.
If any of this is ringing a love bell for you, reach out so that we can connect and I can photograph your wedding day :)