I’ve been writing this blog post in my heads for weeks. After all that, it’s still not any easier. But on this eve of the start of the 2016 wedding season, I felt like now was the time.
When I started Klose Photography 11 years ago, I was primarily capturing weddings. In fact, over those years, I’ve done almost 300 weddings. And not just in Pennsylvania. I’ve shot weddings in Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, and Delaware. I’ve done weddings for many religions and cultures. I’ve captured weddings in tropical storms, thunderstorms, and snow storms. I’ve been to the most ornate cathedrals but also to simple churches with no electricity. I’ve captured weddings at private residences that should be in magazines and also at farms where I would live in a heartbeat. I’ve been a part of incredibly ornate weddings as well as backyard weddings. I’ve seen some special guests too: two Elvis impersonators, horses, bulls, cats, dogs and even a couple of guinea pigs.
And the awesome part about weddings is that engagement sessions usually came first. These sessions have taken me to beaches, lakes, college campuses, private tours of professional baseball stadiums, coffee shops and amusement parks. Once, I even captured an actual proposal complete with a picnic on the beach.
I’ve cried behind my camera more times than I can count. Most were tears of joy. Some were not.
My brides and grooms became my friends. I had coffee with them…a lot. 🙂 I rejoiced with them when they found out they were pregnant with their first child. I mourned with them when the unspeakable happened and their time together was tragically cut short.
I’ve met amazing people in the industry. People who taught me the meaning patience and flexibility. People who are living the dream and doing what they love. People who pour out their hearts into each and every wedding they do.
And all of that brings me to this…2016 will be my last year capturing weddings for Klose Photography. God led me to start the business when my girls were just babies. Now that they are older, He is leading me in a new direction. While I’m not quite sure what that is, there are two things that I know for sure. First, I will follow where He leads me. Secondly, I’m not done with photography. There is so much more to Klose Photography than weddings. I will still be doing portraits and commercial work as well as some other new ventures. In fact, there will be some exciting new things coming up for Klose Photography so watch for those announcements.
For the rest of the year, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite wedding images that I’ve captured. I have a file on my computer entitled “GOAT” – Greatest of All Time. These are my babies. The ones that I could never send to the archives. The ones that I looked at when I knew I needed some inspiration. It’s time to revisit them and share them again with the world.
I know that the story of Klose Photography isn’t over yet. But the wedding chapter is. I’m extremely grateful that it’s been such an amazing and long one. Thank you to each and every one of you who have entrusted me with your wedding photography over all of these years. And for those of you who are my last weddings this year…get ready to make some magic!!!