The first time I saw Kerstin, at the introduction day to a Master's course we would both later drop out of, I knew I wanted to be her friend. There was something about her incredible organisational skills, sense of adventure and dry sense of humour that made sure I was always sitting next to her in class.
Nine years later, I still sit next to her at every chance we get. Having seen each other through babies, marriages, moves, break ups, redundancy, more bottles of red wine than I could ever count and more she remains my very best friend. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending and photographing her wedding to the love of her life.
I mostly cried through the entire event. I am a cryer by nature, but having shared so much over the last 9 years with someone, I found there was no controlling it. Thank god for waterproof mascara and spending most of the time behind the camera. In the midst of happy tears and chasing children around, whilst also trying to capture the day, I developed a deep appreciation for my normal styled, on-location shoots and a deep gratitude that Kevin was the one chasing Theo up the fire escape during the group photos.
Hard work? Yes! Worth it? Without a doubt.
This month, I have been blogging over at the Manfrotto Imagine More blog all about the trials and tribulations of photographing a friend's wedding when you aren't a wedding photographer. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. I have a couple more posts coming up over there as well, so you may recognise some little faces if you pop over there!