On the Other Side of the Camera…

(all images courtesy of Tyler Branch)

When we went to San Francisco recently, it was to celebrate our 10th anniversary; and to mark the occasion we decided to have a photo shoot. First and foremost I really wanted some beautiful images to remember our anniversary by (we actually arranged for the shoot to be on the day of our anniversary (and also Cam’s birthday) but I also thought it would be interesting to experience things from the perspective our couples. It was never going to be a hard decision to decide who I wanted to capture the day for us, and we were delighted when Tyler and Katie were available and able to come to San Fran.

On the day itself, I was extraordinarily nervous. Despite doing this for a living, I had no idea what to expect on the other side of the camera, and this made me anxious. Now, I know I am not the first person to say this, but I really don’t like having my picture taken. Actually that’s a little bit of a lie. I don’t think I would mind so much if I had control over the images – (ie. the right to review-delete-repeat until happy), but to relinquish that to someone else was hard.  Admittedly I had the comfort that Tyler is an amazing photographer, but in some ways that made me feel even more insecure – after all, his images are so stunning, what if we are the couple that breaks the spell?

Much like when I meet a new couple, the nerves melted away the moment we met up and started talking. Tyler and Katie are warm and reassuring, and being in their company just felt like hanging out with friends. We chatted shop. We laughed. And all the while I got to cuddle up to my husband. I was buzzing afterwards, and felt without doubt it was The Best thing we could have done to celebrate 10 years of marriage. To take time out to simply acknowledge and be grateful for each other is a wonderful luxury. To have those moments recorded is even more precious, and will always remind me of how lucky I am.