Love has always been a motivator for us. Call us helpless romantics all you want, I like to say we have always been in control. Nothing helpless about it. Every shoot we take is in the efforts of trying to find the love that our couples feel. You could say we feed off of it, because when that camera is in our hand we feel as though nothing is wrong in the world.
This weekend Jiyeon goes off to capture a wedding in Asheville, NC. From our scouting, it's going to be a beautiful event, with the sweetest wooden surroundings. I asked her if she was nervous about it, knowing already that hairs on her neck were standing tall, but I had to ask her in order to give her a green light to release her fears onto me. Aside from myself, I've never seen someone car so much about something else. Someone else.
Looking back, she's always been this way. When we first met, she was volunteering at an after school program for underprivileged children in South Korea. She would teach them how to cook, speak English, and even take them on field trips around the city to put their skills into practical use. She loved them so much, a few of our early dates were spent there. I mainly stood around while there were fascinated at seeing a "blasian" couple.
Fast forward to today, not much at all has changed in her. Every client we meet becomes family in her heart, forcing her to cater to their needs like they were long since separated. Something about Jiyeon makes it so that no matter who you are, you simply can't forget her. She imprints herself into your heart and stays there, as though it's where she's always belonged.
Or maybe that's just how I feel... ;)
To all of you love birds out there, don't ever let go of your better half. Gods wisdom says, "Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace." -- Ephesians 4:2-3