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Connecting | by +Krista

A few years ago, I came across this really awesome (and very poignant) quote- I found it (or it found me) at a time when my life was essentially flipped upside down. I was questioning things a lot: where I was, where I was going, and who Iíd chosen to surround myself with. And then, I found it. Iíd like to say it was scrawled someplace significant but it was probably doodled on the inside of a college textbook or somethingÖ but it basically slapped me in the face: ďPeople come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.Ē And wow. It was exactly the lightbulb moment I needed. And while Iíve stumbled and backslid a few times since, that saying is now always in the back of my mind, like the good advice I donít always follow but do always remember- eventually. Because life is about connections. Like photography.

Itís easy to snap a picture of something pretty. Thereís pretty stuff all around us- a sunset, a bunch of flowers, whatever. But the challenge of creating lies in making something a little bit (okay, a LOT) better than something thatíd hang on the wall in a hotel room- and the best challenge of all is connecting. With a face: eyes locked, betraying the mind. With a moment: head thrown back in mid-laugh, shoes kicking up in the air. Or with a place: connecting so well that youíd swear you could pull a Mary Poppins and be inside that place in an instant. The connection is what I love most about photography- connecting with the camera, with another person, anything.

I find myself, especially at weddings, dropping my camera down from my face for just a moment during the first dance- because I love watching that connection between people in love. I sometimes hide around the corner of my living room hallway, watching my daughters and their own little connection: sisterly, fiery, loyal and loving- I stifle my laughter when my Little One fights back against her big sisterís bossiness with a bite. The connections in life- no matter how meaningful or superficial- are what make us.

And Iíve had lots of connections. I still wonder about some- as in, what the HELL was I thinking?- and I miss some. Regret some. Hold onto some. Let go of others. (Sometimes multiple times.) Every single connection really can be divided neatly into a category: season, reason, lifetime. I literally have a photographic memory- a blessing and a curse- and forever have those connections, no matter who they were or why they were, ingrained into my mind. And into my photography too. And that. is. awesome.

Janelle + Tim | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern |

– Posted by Mark

I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted – and of course I have excuses but come on – most excuses generally suck. So hey – no excuses here! But I think it’s time that I started blogging again. You know. The good stuff. The good shots. The best photoshoots, the weddings, the engagement sessions – and everything else that we’ve been working on that you haven’t been seeing. Because we’ve been working on a lot.

We have many new changes in the works, new people coming on board and just… life moving along at full speed (and faster). Last weekend I photographed Janelle & Tim’s wedding here in Atlanta, and then the next morning I flew up to Chicago for a wedding later that afternoon. If you’ve been following us on twitter, or facebook, or tumblr (should I list more?) – then you know we’ve been working on a new camera rig. Inventing stuff. Putting things together and making some wedding home movies. Because hey – we’ve always loved video and home movies – and if you know us – then you know that we like documenting life. This life. Our lives – all of it. (And we just get a kick out of watching it all on tv (well – the internets at least.)

So hey. Wedding Home Movies.

And hey. Janelle & Tim. You. Are. Awesome. (And Beautiful.)

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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage Modern | King Plow Arts Center