Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Well, I'll stop here and let them speak for themselves.
Just kidding. I do have a few things to say.
For one, let me introduce you to the person who took these amazing photos: The beautiful and incredibly talented, Mista Gates. Owner and founder of Mista Marie Photography! Let me tell you about how everything fell in her lap as soon as she picked up a camera.
Just kidding... again. Mista has worked hard to get where she is today. She started off, after graduating from Hamilton high school in 2015, working for a vacation rental company. She was also taking classes at GRCC AND dipping her toe into the world of photography.
Talk about a busy woman. To put it in perspective, she was devoting 70 hours a week to work and school. Mista was doing photography on the side and began to fall in love with it. From the editing process to the moments she was able to capture for her clients, she knew this was something she loved. Something she could see herself doing for years to come.
What happened next wasn't all rainbows and butterflies. Deciding you want to work for yourself full time is no easy task and it comes with its hardships. Despite how daunting and uncertain the endeavor was, she chose to leave her full-time, steady income, consistent paycheck job, to pursue a camera and whatever showed up through the lens.
However, she was pursuing so much more than that. She was dedicating her time and resources to others. To capturing and preserving their memories and special moments. She was sacrificing her moments, to focus in on others'. To allow them the space and time to express themselves in all different forms in order to one day look back and laugh, smile, cry, fall in love, cherish and feel grateful for the memories of back then.