Matthew and Sara

A lot of the time when I write these blogs, I write about the couple because they should obviously be the focus right? Well that's still true, but there is no way I could outdo what Matt and Sara have already written on their personal blog. Click here to read their story. Instead, what I'm going to do is write about my personal connection with this couple.... well just Matthew really.

To this day when I'm asked the question "How did you get into photography?" It's a complicated answer, since there were many decisions and interests which led me down this path. But the best way I know how to respond to that question is...

"I started shooting professionally because of my friend Matthew Hogan."

Matthew and I knew each other through mutual friendships, but we didn't really spend much time together until we played in band together called "Theaterfire." We played shows everywhere all over Texas. Okay that's a lie... we played one show. It was probably the first ever documented case of a band playing its first show after a hiatus. But I digress.

One day we were at a bandmate's house and I had my point and shoot camera with me. I always knew that I liked taking photos of random things, but I never thought that I could be actually good at it. So anyway, I point the camera at Matthew and this bandmate's dog and had some trouble focusing. So I used the "focus recompose" method to get them in focus. Matthew pointed out that I was using this focus technique and asked where I learned to do that. I replied that I didn't know it was an established technique, but that it just made sense to me. Impressed, he said that most people didn't know how to do that.

And that's the reason I'm telling you all of this. That moment was the first time I even thought about the possibility of becoming a professional photographer. I'm sure Matt was equally unaware of the impact of his actions, because for the next several years he has had to deal with me bombarding him with random photography questions. And each time, Matt has not failed in answering each question the best way he knows how.

So, fast forward to this wedding. I had the honor of being Matt and Sara's wedding photographer. Up until this day, everyone who knew about this responsibility which was bestowed upon me had pretty much the same thing to say about it. "Oh wow, that's a lot of pressure to take some amazing photos of Matthew's wedding huh?" And to be honest... yeah it was! But after tonight, I feel like I had nothing to worry about at all. It could not have gone any smoother and I was so excited to show off the photos that I went ahead and edited some of them tonight! There will be more to come, but for now enjoy the photos!