“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” This quote has really stayed with me throughout the election. It’s by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I haven’t blogged in about 8 months. I’m a wedding photographer. I love what I do, and I think showing off my clients wedding photos is awesome. I love sharing my work. But after not blogging for almost all of 2016 (I think many can agree it wasn’t the best year?) I am inspired. (Disclaimer to all my 2016 wedding clients, I love you guys and there is still hope now that I’m back on the horse with this.) I’m gonna steal Michelle Obama’s line in a way here by saying, being a wedding photographer is the greatest honor of my life. And I mean that. Showing the love and beauty in the world. And that’s what this is about too. That’s why I’m freaking EXCITED!!!
I knew I was going to go to the women’s march since approximately 3am on November 9th, 2016. I knew I wanted to be part of a revolution, part of a community of people that could join together and raise each other up in the midst of something so heart breaking to deal with.
This matters. It was incredible to be part of my city’s march today. I have lived in Philadelphia for 11 years, and the connection I felt today with my fellow Philadelphians was incredible. I’m happy so many people were in Washington, but I’m really glad I was in my city. I saw so many people I knew! I think maybe 10 or so previous wedding/portrait clients, old friends, new friends – lots and lots of new friends. Thanks to my boom boom (kick ass speaker that is the best present I ever received ever in my life that is an instant dance party and the best idea ever to bring today). My room mate and I both wore our New Orleans wigs and danced like no one was watching, even though EVERYONE was watching to our special playlist of march songs. We felt like we were the personal dj’s of the march. The boom is pretty loud. And awesome. The music, wigs and my uncontrollable urge to jump up high on things to get a better view/shot also gave me some spotlight today. Thank you everyone who gave me a shout out! I felt so cool!
I brought my camera with me today because a photographer friend in DC asked that I participate in a portrait project photographing men at the women’s march. I happily agreed, which you will see here, but something about when I have that camera in my hands and I have a job to do, that’s it – it’s on. I not only wanted to capture portraits of men at the march, but everyone. And I want to climb a tree to do it. I want to capture all the inspiration. All of the signs. All of it. Every single awesome person who came together today in solidarity for something better. We are stronger together. Yes we can. * high kicks the air.
So many great signs. So many happy, peaceful strong faces. Full of hope. Not giving up. Not even close. We are full of love. And we’ll change the world if we want to. Okay? Okay. Let’s some phone calls. Show up. Participate. It matters.