Tuesday, March 18

TO LIFE (L'Chaim)

I witnessed a three-car accident yesterday while driving to Austin. A semi was involved. If it wasn't for the distance I left between me and the car in front, I could have been the fourth car. It wasn't until an hour later that I was driving away, after staying to make sure everyone involved was OK and counseling the woman psychologically traumatized.

As I eased back into the slowing traffic, I tried to collect my thoughts... I was headed to an appointment with a new client and immensely thankful I was not involved myself in the accident. It wasn't until then that I looked down and saw my camera sitting on the seat and I thought "I could have offered to take pictures of the damage." But reasoned against it.... which reminded me of something.

Back in college I made a vow (of sorts). I was going to school for photojournalism and realized I would be put in compromising situations which would require me to make the decision, "Photograph? or help?" But one day while I was sitting in class probably listening to a speech on the ethics of journalism, I made a promise to myself. I would never take a photo that would damage someone or their reputation. I would dedicate my life to the pursuit of capturing life.

Sounds noble.

And I live everyday now, two years in passing, realizing that the vow I made in college I somehow managed to fulfill. Every day I am privileged to work with incredibly positive people. Every week I get to photograph happy couple's lives... on the verge of making a life-changing decision. With a flair for the dramatics, I've finally found a job that is perfectly me. :)

To all of my brides, their fiances and families that provide me the privilege of capturing a small moment of your life... Thank You!!

You bring me life.


r view said...

oh no... my poor Carli..

YOU bring ME life.

Anonymous said...

Glad to know there are decent people out there. I am very proud of you. Glad you are my sister-in-law. I know your brother is truly proud too. We love you. Cookie!