I recently received a surprise email from one of our brides, Liz Crow Iliff. David Spence photographed her wedding to Chas Iliff way back in 2005, the prehistoric days of film! “How can it be that 7 years have passed since David photographed our wedding?” She wrote. I was just as incredulous. The passing of time is a remarkable thing for a photographer. We book a wedding for a date a year away and suddenly it is here. We shoot for 8 hours and it goes by in a flash. We go on with our work and suddenly the bride and groom have 3 kids! But all the while we are stopping time with our images.
As a parent, when your kids are at these precious ages, don’t you just want to stop them from growing up? Photographing them is all you can do. I wish everyone realized the importance of taking the time and making the investment in professional portraiture with their children. This note from Liz says it best:
“Thank you for sending along this picture, we love it, as does everyone in the extended family. I am so excited to see the rest of the photos! The kids enjoyed every minute with you; they gave you big thumbs up as the best play date of the week. I am grateful that you found the time to work with us, and hope we can do it again before too long. Some people are nuts about cars or clothes or jewelry, but I can’t think of anything more valuable than (professionally) capturing my three on film. Chas and I are celebrating our seventh anniversary this weekend, and the one thing that hasn’t changed in that time is the fact that you are the BEST in Annapolis. I’m thrilled we found you!”
Here are just a few of my favorite images from the shoot. I have to say, Liz & Chas made it so incredibly easy for me with their gorgeous and well behaved kids, French linen outfits and private neighborhood beach. Seriously…. it was almost like cheating!
I am so grateful for clients like Liz & Chas and look forward to photographing their growing family for years to come!