Don’t worry; you won’t have to suffer through any more cutesy alliteration for the rest of this post (I can hear the shouts of joy in the distance). You’re welcome.
As this summer comes to a close, and I am finally able to reflect on its events, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for the opportunities I was presented. Though I certainly was not busy all summer, there were three significant projects that I undertook, the first being a wedding video for Mabrie and JR Honaker. Having filmed only one wedding in the past, I enlisted the help of my friend Evan Boggess, and together we spent hours filming, changing lenses, and probably getting in everyone’s way. We both gained valuable experience and learned many lessons. Not to mention, we were able to film in a beautiful location, which was just the icing on the wedding cake (Okay, no more puns either).
About a month after filming the Honaker wedding, I took Joseph and Ashlie Smith’s wedding pictures. Having known the Smiths for about 12 years, I was thrilled when they asked me to document their special day. It was so exciting and touching to see one of my best friend’s brothers make a lifelong promise to the sweetest woman.
To end my summer behind the camera, I created a promotional video for the 2015 Ignite Youth Rally at Raceland First Assembly, which is my home church. This was quite different from the previous two summer projects, however not any less fun. Sure, I ended up wiping colored powder off my camera afterward; but it was totally worth it. The guest speaker for this event was none other than Gerardo Mejia, aka “Gerardo.” Having moved recently to Greenup, Ky, the Ecuadorian rapper brought not only his incredible testimony but also his killer dance moves.
A summer spent doing what one loves is the best kind of summer. I am thankful for all of the mistakes made and lessons learned. I pray that next summer will be just as, if not more, enjoyable than this one has been.