Our new website is filled with some pretty fun things…
The interactive Google Map of the world that shows some of my bucket list destinations is definitely a fun favorite.
My husband thinks my favorite part is the rotating images and quotes that define a René Tate Couple.
Obviously, I, of course, love all of the René Tate Loves.
But my favorite part of the whole thing?
It’s a small link, likely overshadowed by images of grandiose travel.
It’s a little something called Legacy Moments.
Legacy Moments is a gallery consisting of only black & white images, all of which are unscripted, honest, candid moments. Mostly ones between a bride and groom and their families.
Take a minute to watch that slideshow of images.
Go ahead, I’ll gladly wait.
What I love about that gallery of moments is tenfold. Aside from the artistic reason that they’re all dreamy, rich black and whites, and the techincal reason that many of those are lit with external flashes, it’s the rawness and human connection within those moments that I really love.
The mix of so many different emotions from all kinds of different relationships… it’s a groom cying as his magnicient bride appears, a mom’s anticipation at the front of the aisle, it’s a daddy’s tears as he thinks of his little girl moving away, it’s the funny things that our nieces and nephews do. It’s the gut wrenching thought when looking at grandma, that this might be one of the last joyful moments with her, or the unrealized thought that this too could be the last photo of her ever taken.
These are the imagines that define your past, present, and future.
Yes, I am traveling more. But the heart of what I do is still the same. Whether that’s at a wedding or in the middle of Paris just capturing just you and your beloved.
I believe in making tangible photographs of relationships between people — photographs that surive and impact others for the better, long after I am gone. These photos are not only worthy of a wall or album, but of a cedar chest, and the look on your great-great-granddaughter’s face when she discovers them in 100 years, when she is given the gift, through these photographs, of knowing where and who she came from.
What we do as photographers is about leaving behind something that matters. Proof that love existed. It’s not merely about the thrill of traveling, or capturing a stunning backdrop, but about capturing a chapter of YOUR story for future generations, as well as capturing the people who have helped shape your story & legacy.
Making this gallery reminded me that there is no such thing as the perfect photograph, only the perfect moment. That this photojournalism work that we do matters. And for that reason, the Legacy Moments gallery is my favorite part of the new web site.