I had an amazing few days last week in London sharing, learning and mixing it up with the best photographers in the world at the Nine Dots Gathering. I’ve come away feeling so inspired and full of great new ideas of who and what I want to be.

I’ve spent a lot of time this year really focusing on getting great portraits of my couples, but the gathering really brought it back home to me what it is all about- capturing a special moment in time and telling a story with your images.

We often don’t know the power of some of our photos and during Tyler’s Wirken Photography phenomenal speech, I was reminded about an email I had received a couple of years ago from Aaron and Alpa. Aaron contacted me to say how his Gran had sadly passed away recently and that they had chosen to use an image I had taken from their wedding back in 2008 to frame and use at the head of her coffin. The image caught a moment when she was sheltering from the rain during the outdoor ceremony and they said the photograph had caught her cheeky personality perfectly. Although not the most technical and creative photo I have ever taken, I felt really emotional and touched when they told me this and it really meant so much to me that they had used one of my images in this way. You never know when a photograph will make a difference.

So this is what it is all about, being a story teller, a memory maker and providing those cues to take a person back in time, whether it be 2, 5,10 or even 50 years down the line.

This is why I love being a photographer.

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