5 minutes before they would see each other in the ceremony, Courtney and Tyler took a moment to offer a silent prayer for each other.

We asked everyone to leave, it was just the two of them and me with my camera in silence. What an honor to be capturing such a beautiful scene of two people in love, praying, preparing and just moments away from starting their lives together. It’s moments like this, where I realize that what I do is one of the most important jobs in the world and to them, the most important decision they made when they hired me.

This is why I do what I do.

This is why I left my corporate job of 17 years taking a leap of faith to grow my photography business with a full time studio. This is why I designate so much of my time to study photography and the importance of lighting, poising and creativity. This is why I am always striving to learn new techniques to craft my skills. This is why I’m obsessed with making Avenue Studios the best decision for all my clients.

There are no do overs, only mere seconds to capture the emotion of a beautiful moment and when it’s over, it’s my job to ensure they get the result I promised them.

This is my why.