He's not perfect

January 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

black and white photograph of recently engaged couple by Drew McWilliams Photography, Northern IrelandEngagement photography in Northern IrelandCelebrating their engagement I met Sinead and Paul in 2011 and within half and hour they had booked me to photograph their wedding two years later. Truth be told, so taken with this young couple, I'd probably have done the wedding free of charge. Right from the start Sinead had this way of looking at her finance - love, admiration, respect. There was just something about that look that really impressed me and I told Paul many times that he was a lucky man to have such a beautiful women look at him just so.

Black and white photograph of young, engaged couple against a black background in the studio at Drew McWilliams photography, Northern IrelandFamily photography in Northern Ireland by Drew McWilliamsYoung love

Sinead and Paul

I'm a lucky man myself.
I met and fell in love with the wee woman in 1976.

I asked her to marry me in 1977.

She started going out with me in 1978.

And we married in 1979!

As we approach another Valentine's Day I thought about many of the lucky men I have photographed - and the women who gave them that look.

None of them perfect, but....

Black and white photograph of young couple as she looks at him with the eyes of lovePhotography by Drew McWilliams, Northern IrelandThe way she looks at him Black and white family photograph of husband and wife at home by Drew McWilliams Photography in Northern IrelandFamily photography in Northern Ireland by Drew McWilliamsShe loves him “He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
Bob Marley

Black and white photographs of a married couple holding hands, looking at one another, and hugging by Drew McWilliams Photography, BanbridgeFamily photography in Northern Ireland by Drew McWilliams, Co DownAfter all these years I should just add....I'm not perfect either....but I am a lucky man!

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.