The wonderful thing about being a photographer is having the ability to capture people's stories. I mean, who doesn't love a good love story? Some stories you hear about for the first time when you meet the couple but others, you've been able to watch unfold for years. Janisse and Fidel's engagement session will always have a special place in my heart because of this reason. Janisse was one of my very first roommates in college and so I've had the opportunity to watch her and Fidel's story slowly unfold and am so excited to have had the opportunity to capture their engagement and share their beauty with the world. Because it's a beauty so worth sharing!
Beauty will save the world." Fyodor Dostoevsky
I'll never forget the time Janisse was standing in front of a room full of people, speaking at our school's annual gala and she boldly proclaimed this quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky. Beauty will save the world. Having the privilege of living with her for two years, I know that this isn't just a passing comment but something she lives by. From her amazing sense of style- she once decorated our apartment full of teal polka dots- to her infectious joy, you can't help but be attracted to the beauty of this woman.
But why is it that beauty attracts us? I think that it's so easy to get caught up in the ugly, darkness of the times, so easy to get discouraged by what we hear on the news or just our interactions of the day, that something beautiful makes us stop and just take a breath. It's a reminder that hope trumps despair and life is indeed beautiful and worth living. The truth is that every life is beautiful and every day is a gift. We just need a small reminder, to recognize the extraordinary beauty of the everyday ordinary. So let's strive to be the beauty in someone else's day and to be that small reminder of hope that perhaps gets them through, reminding them that life is oh so beautiful.
Janisse and Fidel, I am so fortunate to call you friends and to have your beautiful light in my life. Thank you for being that ray of hope in the world and for bringing a real sense of joy to those you meet (I mean, you didn't complain once even though it was a record breaking Texas summer heat wave during our session)! You radiate the joy of Christ and I know that your marriage will continue to be a witness of God's love and beauty in the world. Lots of love and prayers as you prepare for marriage!