Why one of my wedding photographs had me shocked

I could go on and on of why I believe professional photography is so important. But today, I want to share with you a personal story of why I was brought to tears by my wedding photos and why one image was so rare.

My older brother Jon, was born with autism, cerebral palsy and also mental retardation. He sometimes has a hard time understanding things around him and for some reason, he has NEVER smiled in a photo. Like, EVER. And believe me when I say, I’ve spent years trying to get Jon to smile in just ONE photo… but he just never would. To be honest, I’m not completely sure why. He seems to always be happy. Maybe he doesn’t know how to smile? or maybe he’s just trying to be an older brother and tease me by not smiling simply because he knows I want him to. Whatever the reason, it drives me crazy! haha. (But hey, big brothers are born to drive their little sisters crazy) So on my wedding day when we were getting our family photos taken, I expected the same “blank stare with his mouth wide open look” from my brother. But when I received my wedding photos back, I was brought to tears with what I saw. I was looking at photos of my brother smiling. SMILING! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was the first time I ever saw my brother genuinely smiling in a photo. His eyes were lit up and you could see the joy coming out of him. The photo captured him perfectly. I thought to myself “THIS is Jon. This is how i’ve always seen him, but now, I finally have it photographed.”  I think he must have known that day how badly I wanted him to smile. I kind of think it was his way of saying thanks.
This following photo of Jon and I is so extremely rare and it will always remain one of my favorite photographs. I have to wonder though. What if I hired a “not so good” photographer for my wedding. Would they have even captured this on my wedding day? Would they have picked up on how important Jon was to me? Would they have underexposed the photo badly enough where it wasn’t even useable? Would I have gotten a low quality image so I couldn’t print this out huge and place it in my office? Thankfully, I didn’t have any of these problems because I hired a professional full time wedding photographer. She captured one of the most important photographs and did it beautifully. I now have a high quality photo that I can hang huge in my office and smile at it everyday. THIS is why a professional wedding photography is so important. Because they capture important moments that nobody else was able to do and capture moments you never thought possible. Professional photography is so much more then just showing up on your wedding day. It’s about looking for those special moments and capturing them for the first time. It’s about telling a story. It’s about love and it’s about creating something that you’ll cherish forever.



This, ladies and gentlemen, is the photo that brought me to tears. This, is Jon. :)


Why wedding photography is so important.


My incredible siblings. :)

Why wedding photography is so important.


3 thoughts on “Why one of my wedding photographs had me shocked

  1. That top photo is one of my favourites, I too have a mentally disabled brother and I know how the joy he brings is never captured. Congratulations on your wedding, beautiful photography, and the memories you are now able to hold forever.

  2. I can’t remember ever seeing Jon smile until your wedding day. What a wonderful surprise…maybe your best wedding gift!
    Surely God wanted to bless you in a way you didn’t expect. He gave Jon the desire/ability to express his happiness for you by (finally) smiling in a picture. Your post was simply beautiful. Love, Aunt Lee

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