I have a friend and former co-worker, Tammey, who I had been re-aquainted with during the summer of 2015. Though I wish the circumstances were under better conditions, I had found out that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, just a few months before my son had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. So, we were talking a lot about cancer, treatments, support, the disbelief....
Tammey, around June or July of 2016, contacted me and asked if I would be interested in capturing photos of her friend who was to get married later in the Summer or early Fall of 2016, and if so, what were my rates. I, up until that point, had only shot a handful of portraits, and a lot of concerts, so I was rather reluctant to commit to shooting a wedding. Especially for someone who I hadn't met.
I was then introduced to Danna, who was friends with Tammey, and she too had been battling breast cancer. As we talked, Danna had mentioned that she and her then fiance, Brett, wanted simple images of the ceremony. Danna had also mentioned that her brother in law is also a photographer and he would be taking pictures as well. I agreed on doing the wedding, and I decided that would also do it as a gift. Since I can see the toll that someone goes through while going through cancer treatments - physically, emotionally, financially - I felt that it was something great to do.
I was given the date and time as to where I needed to be. The day of the wedding, Danna sent me the intinerary for the day - when the wedding party and the guests were to arrive; the time the ceremony was to take place; when they wanted pictures taken; and when they were to leave for the reception.
The location was the Park at Bothell Landing in Bothell, WA. I was getting situated and I saw a few people who were dressed for a wedding. As I make my way towards them, they asked if I was the wedding photographer, and I said yes - for the Larson Farris wedding. Turns out, there was another wedding and their photographer was late. I made a comment that if their photographer hadn't shown up by the end of the wedding I was to shoot, I'd be available.
Danna and Brett arrived. Along with their friends and family, they made their way into the park. Though it had been raining prior to their arrival, Mother Nature was nice enough to provide partly cloudy skies for the wedding.
The ceremony was nice. I was treated very well and made some new friends that day. It was also special for me, since Tammey, Danna and my son Zachary, are all in some way connected through their journey and battles with cancer.
"We can't thank you enough for the amazing photos from our wedding. So glad that you were there to capture the special moments (in spite of the rain). You are an outstanding photographer." Danna Larson (Faris)
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