It has been an insane summer. Towards the end of the school semester, I got engaged. So I spent the summer working for MSU, planning my wedding, transferring schools to UAH, and preparing to move. As you can see, I didn't exactly have the time to blog because all my energy was put towards the begging of August. Now that The beginning of August is over, I'm a UAH Charger with a husband, new apartment, and a little bit of free time.
Even though I wasn't working on my portfolio, I was still using my creative skills. Planning a wedding takes many of the same skills such as being an art student such as; networking, looking at locations, making sure that everything looks good, and compromising for the real world. Like in studio art work, the "best" option, isn't always the one that I should choose. Sometimes the best option has to be the most practical taking how it looks, how well it functions, and how much it costs in to account. In art projects, if something doesn't work out like you planned you take a deep breath and figure out what will. In an art project, I always try to remember what the big idea is, and make my decisions based on that. I ask myself "what am I trying to do?" and "what outcome do I want?"
I remember a 3D Design project where we had to de-emphasize the corner of the cube, so I chose to emphasize all areas of the cube equally. When I was drawing the design, I would stop to ask myself "does this emphasize all areas equally?" For my wedding, I realized that the most important thing about the wedding was the people. People coming together for a celebration. Community. Focusing on the people took a lot of pressure off the location and the looks. When I started to get stressed out, I would tell myself that as long as Daniel, the preacher, and my family was there I would be happy. I came to realize that when you leave a wedding, if you leave thinking only about how beautiful it was, or how yummy the food was, you've missed the point. When you leave a wedding you should remember the people that you got to be around, the ones that you met, laughed with, danced with, and saw for the first time in years. My goal was not to be in a magazine, but to make a community environment.
In order to encourage fellowship: we chose music that was fun and uplifting, decorations that were awesome and affordable but not too fancy, locations and seating charts that made it easy for people to stand around and talk, and reminders of what that day was about. There were big reminders, such as the ceremony and all the traditions and tosses, but also a few small reminders.
As a photographer, I like to look back at old photographs and appreciate that work that's already been done because I want people to look at my work once it's not "new" anymore. So, as a way to show off our families and our family tree, we had several photographs of our parent's weddings displayed. A photograph of each of our parents cutting the cake was on the cake table, photos of our parents at during their ceremony were set up during the ceremony, so on and so forth. I also had a few pictures of my groom and I displayed about.
Here are the photographs of our parents, who give us wonderful examples on how to love and put the other first.
I don't have any pictures of my own wedding yet, but I couldn't help but take photographs on one of the most important days of my life. So, I brought my Holga 120 film camera around with me so that I was limited to 2 rolls of film. That's only about 24 shots, so I only took pictures that I thought would be important and aesthetically pleasing. If the images turn out like I hope that they will, I'll share them with all of you.
In the end, all that really matters at a wedding is actually getting married and celebrating with those around you.