I just returned home from a week in Europe, where I was surrounded by pure love. Everyone on the streets is in love. Europeans do love very well, it’s in the architecture, sunlight and the couples slowly walking on cobblestones.
I attended the Fearless Photographers conference for wedding photographers, and because we photograph love for a living, when we get together, we love and we love hard. This is usually accompanied by lots of food and drink, belly laughs and dancing to “Livin’ On A Prayer.” Though I’m not sure why that song is our anthem. 🙂
It takes a few days to recover from such a love fest. Then we return to the next conference and fall in love all over again.
I can’t say no to this life. I can only work harder to make my dreams come true, which they are, and travel as often as I can, which I am thankful for.
I purchased an Olympus OMD-EM1 for my trip to Bucharest, Romania last year, where I spoke at the Fearless Conference. For the better part of the year this camera has mocked me from the shelf. I slip into the habit of not recording, just living, and while that is perfectly acceptable, I attend wedding photographer conferences to reaffirm my life as a photographer, not just someone who leaves a camera on a shelf and only shoots when I am paid.
Which brings me to this documentation of love. Hey, it’s my blog, I can be gushy here (like I am in most every other facet of my life.) I pulled out my neglected camera and pushed myself to document strangers while I was in Porto and Madrid.
I had forgotten how wonderful it was to walk the streets and just follow the sunlight. I had no plans, no map, no full knowledge of the area. I allowed my camera to be my compass, and this was a simple luxury I intend to make use of more often. Studying faces, body language, color, and most of all, glorious sunlight in one of the most romantic cities I have ever visited.
I sang karaoke at 4AM in a Madrid dive bar. I walked miles and miles chasing a sunbeam. I smiled at people on the street (well, I do that in Chicago) and they smiled back (they don’t always do that.) I hugged and kissed and laughed until my sides hurt. And I loved. I really can’t ask for more than that.
Thank you for listening, please enjoy these photographs and follow your own love and light.