Things have certainly changed a lot in the world since the last time I blogged! With the covid19 pandemic spreading across the world and changing life as we know it, I haven't been doing much shooting lately: as much as I love photography, it is not an essential business. I am currently looking forward to May 12th, when businesses like mine can reopen on a limited basis.
Before getting to the images, I want to put in a quick word about an issue that's been on my mind for the last 6 weeks or so. I've seen a lot of posts online suggesting that all healthy people need to do during this time is "watch Netflix and stop complaining". (For the record, in no way do I want to downplay the severity of this illness and its health risks, and I fully support staying home, being safe, and taking this seriously.) Those posts really bother me, though. Whether or not someone is physically sick, we should have compassion for everyone who is dealing with difficulty and hardship during this time. This pandemic and its ripple effects are having vast, deep impacts on peoples' lives in both obvious and less obvious ways. It could be losing an income. It could be having to postpone a wedding you've been planning for years (like many of my clients are 😢). it could be having to postpone not-that-elective surgery: cochlear implants, knee replacements, IVF, etc. It could be trying to juggle working from home while toddlers beg for attention and older children struggle to participate in virtual learning. It could be working long, hard hours in healthcare with the fear of infecting your family and getting infected yourself. It could be suffering heightened abuse at home. It could be the mental health toll of trying to navigate a drastically changing world and an unknown future with fewer social supports. It could simply be being bored out of your mind. No matter how big or small someone's struggle is, it's their struggle. As the Dalai Lama eloquently stated, "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."
So, that being said, I've been wanting to put together some positive compilations of images from some of the most loving moments I've photographed: first looks! In reflecting on these incredible moments, let's also remember the wide range of challenges so many of us are facing now and pass love and compassion around. (I aimed to include one image from every first look I've photographed; some of these date back 7 years! It was so fun to look back on some images I haven't seen in quite a while. 🙂) Enjoy, and stay safe!!