I met Fumi when my husband and I started getting into rock climbing. Her fiancé (now husband) owned the local rock climbing store, Climb Aloha. Sky and I frequently visited them up at their house to buy our gear. One day I was surprised when she begged me to photograph their wedding. I kept declining as I wanted her special day to be photographed by a professional.
She’s persistent though, and soon enough I agreed to shoot their wedding for free. It was my first wedding, and I was an amateur photographer who at the time was only photographing flora and fauna. The whole idea of photographing a wedding was intimidating. I had NO idea what I was doing, and felt that I was way over my head. Looking back on the wedding photos I see so many mistakes (like shooting mostly in Sepia). They had hired another photographer too (I insisted on being the backup only).
It was soon apparent how pleased Fumi was with the photos. I was stunned at the time, and I really hated them. Again though, the bride’s special day is special to her, and having the right photos from their special day was enough to warrant me the courage to tackle more weddings. The weddings came, and then my style. By my third wedding I was able to see some of the results that I was looking for. Thanks to Fumi for giving me the courage to push me out of my comfort zone, and giving me the courage I needed to keep photographing weddings. It turns out that these photos are some of my favorite.
Fumi and I continued to shoot together. The next photoshoot was her maternity photos (also very amateur) of her first born, then her other three boys. Which reminds me, I should check in and say “hi” to my friend. It’s been way too long.