Where has the time gone? We are just over half way through 2017 and I’m still inhaling the good vibes from 2016.
Despite the euphoria I'm feeling from having gotten through 2016, it was my toughest year so far. We faced a few challenges involving new situations and scenarios in different events. Some challenges involved juggling multiple videos to be done before, after and on the day of the wedding for the same client. In one scenario we found ourselves working a wedding with just short of a thousand people and the logistics related to that. I also travelled the farthest I’ve travelled (up to that point) for a wedding - the Caribbean. Looking back at these, I realize those kinds of challenges are a natural part of growth and maturity in my craft.
The growing pains of work, however, were accompanied by various family challenges. As much as I love what I do, I always want to put my family first before all the story-telling. In 2016, I got to put my money where my mouth was. In the second part of the year, we had a few things happening - a couple illnesses, family crises and moving to another part of city - that just threw a huge wrench in the Aperture Lane clockwork. Editing queues got long - so long that I was delivering a few projects later than promised contractually. In all the stress, I forgot to return emails and phone calls and lost a few prospects because of it. It was a semi-nightmare. Fortunately, my Aperture Lane couples were very understanding, and they may never fully understand how their attitudes benefitted me and my family as we persevered through our drama.
Very early in the year, I knew I wanted to put together this compilation video but it was for different reasons; I was so impressed with all the new experiences and cultural traditions that we were being exposed to and I wanted to show off “my diverse portfolio”. But now, I mostly want to show love to the Aperture Lane familia for all its support and encouragement!
After eating my humble pie in the ashes of perseverance, I’ve learned to be okay with myself and my situation, and to not be afraid to show that. Funny enough, it’s what I try to capture on the wedding day as I encourage the wedding parties, but I myself hid behind the camera. I’m farther along in accepting that it’s okay to not have everything figured out, that mistakes are a part of the game and that I can’t please everyone at the same time (I’m not chocolate!). But most of all, not discounting people from previous years, I’ve been tremendously blessed to able to work with some of the coolest people in the Greater Toronto Area! Thank you, all!
Here are a couple “Aperture Lane firsts” in 2016:
By total coincidence, the tracks I chose for this video are called “Bravery” and “Triumph” respectively (Shout-outs to Elliot Middleton and Generdyn!). Isn’t triumph the eventual result of a sequence of acts of bravery? Life is too short not to courageously go out and pursue what you want. You guys have shown that by pursuing marriage. In this day and age, it really DOES require courage to willingly step into marriage and push through the sweet and tough times together “until death do you part”. As was shared in the beginning of the video, you are a part of an epic story now… and thank you for having Team Aperture Lane be a part of it.
As we narrate together!
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!