Four out of the five Martins. The birth our our third child in 2013. Anna was home sick! :(
Nikki received her Master's in Reading in 2013.
Our oldest's First Holy Communion.
One of the weddings I shot in 2012. These guys have such a great story!
Milestones are one of life's amazing gifts. From rolling over the very first time, first steps, your first kiss, to the day you graduate from high school, your life is filled with milestones. While some might be more significant than others, typically many milestones are documented with pictures. Rightfully so, a picture is worth a thousand words and I bet each picture of your significant moments has some story to it.
As a parent, I have pretty well documented every first my children have ever had! I want to be able to let them relive their moments through seeing what they did and know the stories behind them. In fact, last night was my daughter's first Holy Communion. I made sure I was the last person taking pictures at the church because I didn't want to take them hastily and I didn't want a cruddy grainy phone pic (I actually saw a mom taking pics with her iPad, REALLY?)
Last year was filled with several milestones not just for me personally, but more importantly for my wife and I together as a team along with our family. Nikki and I celebrated our 15th year of marriage as well as welcomed our third bundle of joy into the world! (That's a whole other story but it's such a great story!) With each milestone reached, some can't help but to look forward to the next milestone. Some may prefer not to (for me that would be my daughters dating).
Although marriage is really just one of many milestones throughout your existence, it's one of the most significant milestones that truly alters the rest of your life. Your children, career choices, and even car choice now involves another person with whom you've agreed to share everything with. I can honestly say that though I'm no expert, I've really had an awesome ride and love every new adventure with my best friend.
Speaking of her, just now I'm finally getting my wife used to using a nicer camera (heck, even my eight and four year olds have DLSRs!) It's important for me to have cameras everywhere around the house in case something fun breaks out. Now that we have another infant, milestones are happening weekly if not daily. In the past three weeks we've seen a first tooth and rolling from back to tummy to eating solid foods! I think Nikki is finally giving up on asking me to put all of the cameras away :)
I'll admit that being the nerd in the family, when Nikki asked me for what she called a "mama camera" for Mother's Day many years ago, I quickly took it over. I was actually reluctant to get her a nicer camera because of the cost and never really knew how important photography was back then. But then, I quickly became obsessed with making sure I knew how to use our first digital camera because I realized how fast our first child was growing up and I didn't want to miss a single thing.
Of course people are able to capture pictures or video of their own life events, but a wedding is a rare occasion where there's a need to let someone else document your day for you. With every wedding I shoot, I'm truly honored to be chosen as that person with whom a couple trusts in order to capture their wedding day. There is little room for error when it comes to documenting everything from the details to the emotions. The best part to me is that a couple wants the way I see it! What's awesome and of course the most important part is that someday when one of my couples look back and show their children their wedding day, they will be able to tell them that that was their first big milestone... together as one.