Yesterday was kind of a crazy day.  This morning I’m still reflecting on it, and I think that means it’s worth sharing.

If you’re a client or you’ve followed my work for any amount of time you know I love my career as a photographer.  I love meeting people, helping them capture and preserve the stories and moments of their lives.   Yesterday was like walking the path of an entire life in one day.

I started out helping a photographer friend with a wedding. (Yes, I still occasionally second shoot once or twice a year, as a way to have fun, experience new things, and help my photographer friends in a pinch.)  

We carpooled together.  We talked on the way about birth and pregnancy.  It was a really fun beautiful discussion I didn’t expect to have.  Then suddenly we were pulled into the gorgeous setting of the wedding and witnessed two people surrounded by those who love them promising to spend their lives together.  I left that beautiful place and ended up next to a lake at sunset with my husband’s side of the family, remembering his aunt who had suddenly passed this week.

There are millions of milestones and moments between birth and the end of life.  

Yesterday went so fast.  It was this great and wonderful lesson on how quickly life can change.  We need to grab onto every moment, to be present in it.

All these moments create the pauses and detours that forever mark our life journey.   We need to care about preserving these moments.

Yesterday was a lesson on why I and so many others choose to embark on photography as a serious, lifelong career.  Photography is truly an investment in yourself and your history.

Photography is a way to honor the sacredness of this life.  I can’t think of anything I’d rather work for than that.