December has always been a peak season for wedding suppliers but not for me. I have a huge 1 week in my calendar wherein I didn’t really have anything – no wedding, no prenup, no meeting — nada!
Then a few months ago I got an inquiry for a Dec 18 Las Vegas wedding, I got so excited but we couldn’t come to terms. She wanted me to fly in a videographer / editor which could not fit her budget. After a few months of email exchange, I let go and moved on. Perhaps it was good to have thought that someone from a distant land would still taken interest in me with all the photographers around but it should leave it at that….
Just as I gave up… I got another inquiry, this time from a Los Angeles wedding and it was on Dec 20. My heart Jumped and immediately I uttered a prayer to God “Lord, did you really want me to go to the United States?” So we exchanged emails and I told her the plan that they fly in the videographer cause another couple will fly me in already and everything just worked out.
But God doesn’t just take you around on trips without purpose… and probably for this one, I had three major ones…
1st, in my busy 6 day stay in the US, I had met a friend who you’d least expect to feel depressed. Perhaps it was a short 2 hour chat over lunch, but I was able to remind her about the importance of finding purpose in whatever you do and sometimes the answers are all in God.
2nd, the LA shoot allowed me to see what God is doing for CCF Los Angeles headed by an awesome pastor Insong Nolan. I saw how he started without any volunteer except his wife… and now the church is flourishing and I myself got so encouraged I was crying while shooting the wedding. — If it is God’s will God will provide our job is to simply obey.
3rd, I discovered that my daughter Jazz was flying in on the 18th. So I rebooked her flight to the same flight as mine and she shot with me both weddings. It was a great unforgettable moment for me and I know she did enjoy it as well. I’ve taught literally hundreds of people about photography and this time it was my daughter’s turn.
Thank you Suzenne / Crag and thank you Raffy / Jam for this great opportunity.