If you’ve ever been to a work seminar or heard an inspirational speaker even open their mouth you’ve probably heard something about “finding your why”. Digging deep to find out WHY you wake up and do whatever it is that you do. My “Why” has changed allot in the past 3.5 years but a moment at the end of 2018 shifted my why into something stronger than ever. Let me tell you why I chose and continue to choose wedding photography.
I choose to stay in the wedding industry because I know nothing is more important in this life than committed love.
Love to ones self, to others, and to the family you’ve chosen.
So why me to document this bond? Stay with me…
I can not feel what others feel. Only what I feel. I can not vouch for how much anyone cares except how much I know I care. I know others in my industry care a heck of allot. So much…but I could never tell/show you exactly HOW much.
I can not guarantee that anyone in this industry cares as much as I do to document the union of a new family. This is where I belong. Because the level to which I care for this mission is SO INTENSE. I think it is possible I care more about it than anyone else. Why not me? So how could I ever leave? I was built for this.
You will never see how much I’ve already sacrificed for this industry. However, I know it is beyond what most would sacrifice. Endless all nighters. Waking up five hours before my brides just to make sure I’m prepared. Working through severe sickness. Showing up after family tragedy. Spending more than what my couples paid me to make sure they are well taken care of. (bad business, I know, but it has happened…many times…) I could go on and on and on but the truth is…I’d do it all again if I had to.
Moving forward, I hope to put my own family first by making sure they are well compensated for the time I spend serving the world. However, know as much as I care for my family, SJP and the couples I serve here, couldn’t be a closer second.
I was photographing a father daughter dance when the universe/god/angels/ancestors, whatever you’d like to call it, spoke to me stronger than ever before. I heard,
“Jaclynn. Can you guarantee that ANYONE cares as much about documenting this moment as you do, right here, right now? Would you trust ANYONE to take your place right now?”
I answered, “….no”
If I wasn’t standing there with my camera, someone else WOULD have been…and for the first time, that was not comforting. It made me feel more significant and needed than ever.