I’m personally not the hugest fan of Valentine’s Day, but I still get it. I get why we feel the need to tell those around us who mean the absolute most to us how we feel about them. And while I wish as humans we did this on a regular daily basis, I realize that it’s unrealistic to be emotional, romantic, sappy and heartfelt 365 days of the year.
I photograph love. That’s sort of strange when I think about it, but it’s true. My job is to capture in a single frame how two people feel about each other. And guess what? On a wedding day, it’s not how big the bouquets are or how grand the reception hall looks; it’s not about how expensive the bride’s dress is or how blingy her jewelry is. I don’t see love on a wedding day when a dozen red roses are delivered to the bride before the ceremony or the groom opens up his Rolex watch. Instead, I see love when she looks at him and he looks at her; or when he brushes her hair out of her face or she mouths “I love you” to him at the alter. I see love in the way he holds her hand during the toasts or she laughs when he whispers something in her ear during their first dance. THAT, to me, says Love.
Still, I get it.
I get the big white wedding and I also get Valentine’s Day. So take this day, make your grand gesture to those you love, swim in a sea of red roses and get a stomach ache on chocolate covered strawberries (hmm…yum…that sounds really good right now) BUT also make it a point to do the little things on a daily basis that truly show those around you how you feel about them the other 364 days of the year.