I won’t tell you I was born with a camera in my hand. I wasn’t some child prodigy, made to be a photographer. What I was as a child was highly empathic and wildly emotional. So when I was a little girl, new to Arizona, and our storage unit was broken into, I felt my mothers pain. When she realized her wedding album was gone along with the photos of her two children as babies and toddlers. I saw her cry, I felt the loss. Over the next fifteen years, I felt that loss come back again and again. When my High School Sweetheart showed me his baby album, but I couldn’t show him mine. When my two year old son wanted to see me when I was his age and I didn’t have the photos to show him. When I went back to my Aunt Connie’s house and tried to pull back the memory of my mother, as a bride, standing on the little hill in her backyard from a photo I saw years ago.
You could never give me anything more valuable than a portrait of my family when we were young.
And I can never give your children anything more valuable than beautiful photos from your wedding day. They won’t be there just yet, but they will love looking through the photos. Seeing the flowers, the cake, seeing their mother in white, seeing their fathers face as she walks down the aisle. So when I say I’m empathic, it’s because I want you to know that there is no place I’d rather be than photographing all the joy and love on your wedding day.
I wasn’t born with a camera in my hand. I wasn’t some child prodigy, born to be a photographer, but it also wasn’t a choice. Photography found me, and then it worked its way into my heart.
|Denise Karis is an Arizona photographer who enjoys musicals, Doctor Who and breakfast burritos. IG @denisekaris|
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