Back in 2008 I was still working a full-time desk job and spent my days under fluorescent lighting in a cubicle. I’d look up from my computer and couldn’t tell if it was raining or sunny or if it was noon or 3am. I’d get up from my desk and walk over to the window. Someone would say “Hey have you been outside? It’s a beautiful day!” I’d think, “and it’s another day of my life that I’ll never get back.” I spent most of my waking hours plotting about how I could change my life and do work that was more meaningful to me.
I posted some of my photos online, and somehow Henry and Joel found me. They were traveling from their home in Florida to be married in Boston. We met at Starbucks on Newbury St. and sat outside. Henry recently reminded me that I said “Well… I’m not really a wedding photographer.” (I actually booked some of my earliest weddings because I wasn’t a wedding photographer.)
A lot has changed since their Boston wedding in 2009. They’ve moved. I’ve moved. I left my fluorescent cubicle and now spend most of my time at a desk editing photos. It’s still a desk and it’s more work than I ever did in any office. But I never think that I’ve lost a day of my life. I think that I’m living, having more significant experiences, and using whatever skills I have to bring people joy.
Henry and Joel and I have kept in touch since 2009. They recently visited Provincetown for Family Week and it was wonderful to spend a couple of days with their family.