I am humbled and grateful, and too somewhat flabbergasted, to be chosen as one of the 2009 top ten wedding photographers in the United States by American PHOTO magazine.
When I received the notification email from the magazine, I replied with one sentence. “Are you kidding me?” I contacted my wedding photo buddies, many who are on the previous year’s American PHOTO list and many who will be, asking if the email was an improved version of a clever online prank. I was assured the email was accurate. They offered their congratulations.
It’s official now. Online. A magazine article en route. The only studio south of New York City, north of Atlanta and east of Dallas represented. The wedding photo community a twitter. And I’m feeling quite shy.
Ahhh…such are my paradoxes in receiving this designation. Questions hound me. Why does human nature adore the art of nebulous comparison? How can creative pursuits be empirically judged as better than others’ endeavors? I am honored and too, wrestling with my skeptical nature of accepting non-objective truth.
I called a friend to chat. For perspective, he offered a quote by 19th century newspaper editor Horace Greeley. “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.”
Yesterday I went to a family dinner. I took a fruit salad. I made pictures of colored eggs tattooed by my son’s fingerprints, the people I love and gold-kissed daffodils. My questions faded. Sweet clarity returned. I am deeply thankful to the couples whose weddings I have photographed, to the 2009 American Photo nomination committee and to harbingers of spring.
I offer my congratulations to my fellow wedding photographers who were selected: