Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of summer fun and breaks from the heat. I was excited to be a MD micro wedding photographer this weekend, as well as a DC engagement photographer – for my brother!
This weekend was to be Lisa and Manny’s wedding weekend. When COVID struck and quarantine rules took over, they decided to postpone their big celebration until next year on the same weekend. We got all that squared away and I was thankful to be available the day they postponed their wedding to. Then a few weeks later I got an email from Lisa saying they actually still wanted to honor their original wedding date this year, with a small ceremony at her parent’s house. I’ll share more details on the blog later this week, but for now, I was excited to be their MD micro wedding photographer on Saturday for their official marriage ceremony!
Photography wise, this weekend was pretty sweet! Not only did I get the honor of being a MD micro wedding photographer while photographing a wedding for a couple who I’ll get to photograph two times for their weddings, but I also got to take engagement photos for my brother, Steve (or Steven as we call him!), and his fiancé, Liz! Oh, and their adorable, happy go lucky pup, Oakleigh. Again, more details on the blog later this week, but for now I leave you with their adorable sneak peeks.
The rest of the week has been pretty heavy, with the passing of my cousin, Maggie. Maggie was diagnosed with Leukemia late last year. Not only that, but her year was made that much more challenging with the sudden death of her husband, Rick, in December. Maggie was a truly wonderful human. She was 22 years older than me, and still managed to have a meaningful impact on my life. She taught me things like how to French braid my hair (a skill I’m super thankful for even to this day, as I often wear part of my hair in a French braid), and how to be compassionate (she was a nurse). She held my hand tight at my grandmother’s funeral as we walked down the aisle behind the casket. She snuggled and loved on Milli just like I do. She researched our family’s genealogy and created priceless records for us to know our lineage. She took care of so many people in our extended family. She was funny, smart, caring, warm, loving, and an obviously wonderful mother, having raised three incredible children, who I have equally wonderful things to say about. She was a gift to all who knew her. I know we say that about people who pass away – but with Maggie it was true.
Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement became more prominent earlier this summer, I’ve been looking for ways to make more of an impact through my business. There are so many causes worthy of our attention and support. While I plan on making other meaningful changes to my business, one thing I’m implementing going forward is to donate a portion of my monthly profits to worthy causes. Last month I donated 2% to Color of Change, and with July’s profits, I’ll be donating to the Leukemia Research Foundation in Maggie’s name. I know I’m one person and one business, but if Maggie taught me anything, it’s that small things can make a big impact on the lives of others.
Take care, friends, and have a wonderful week. Check back on Wednesday for Lisa and Manny’s wedding, and Thursday for Steven and Liz’s engagement.