I love shooting parties.
One party I shot recently was a 1st birthday party and the room was full of family. Kids, aunts, uncles, friends, parents and in this particular case, a great grandmother.
As I was going about my job I suddenly I felt a tap on my arm. From where she sat Gerri introduced herself. “I am the great grandmother" she said as she pointed out granddad (her son). I knelt down beside her and we instinctively held hands. “There is a lot of love in this room” I said and her face lit up.
Gerri went on to tell me about her father and the house they lived in when she was a little girl. Rooms filled with wood paneling on the walls on which her father would hang the pictures of their family. Her father would say to her “my dear, there is a lot of love in this room”, she was warmed that the same words were used to describe her great grand daughters 1st birthday party so many years later.
Connecting with another human being in this simple way with just a few precious words make this job so special. Yes, it's about the images you take, but the connection with the people you meet along the way is the thing you remember most when your job is done.