Just like my mother before me, I’ve always been one of those people whose mood can be too easily affected by light. If I wake up on a cloudy day, I’m more likely roll over and snooze a couple more times. But if I wake up and it’s a sunny day and windows across the street are sparking with sunlight and seem to wink and tell it’s going to be a great day, I jump right out of bed, excited to start the day. I’m never shy in a restaurant to chose a table closest to a window. At home on Saturday’s, I’ll find the sunniest corner of a room, and curl up in it like a cat. It’s no wonder that I chose a job that involves chasing the best light all over the shaded streets of this city!
And yet there are cloudy days that still offer their own form of metaphorical sunshine and sparkling windows to get me jumping out of bed. Days that don’t offer their own sunshine, I’m learning to get up and find my own. Today however, no search was necessary. An email from a happy client after they receive their wedding photos always puts a smile on my face because it reminds me why I love my job and why I left pursuing a career of community service, to serve couples by capturing some of their most precious memories. Hearing a second thank you from a bride again a year the wedding reminds me how lasting of an impact this service really has. This is what Amanda wrote me:
Just a couple of weeks ago Andrew and I celebrated our first year anniversary. Even though its already been a year, I still simply cannot stop looking at the wedding photos. In fact, for the past 30 min at work (Sh! don’t tell anyone!) I have been going through the online album just smiling at all the memories. I wanted to thank you again for doing such a wonderful job.
It’s couples like Andrew and Amanda that bring those rays of sunlight into my career and remind me that my job is about something more lasting than just making people look their best (which I do think is also an important part of my job), but it’s also about preserving important memories that can be relived, shared, and revisited whether we are commemorating a special day, we need a little extra sunshine, or a reminder of why we are pressing through some tough times.