This morning our community tragically lost an amazing photographer, Marvell Smith. I have had the opportunity to get to know Marvell, or as his friends call him "V" or "Vell", over the last couple years and have a tremendous respect for him as a person and talented wedding photographer. When news got out this morning about the loss, I was truly amazed at how a community of photographers came together over social media groups to pay tribute and make sure V's client's needs are met.
After hearing this morning about the loss of a friend I was touched to see how many people stepped up to lend a hand. Within a matter of minutes a group was formed on Facebook where photographers from all over the country were offering to help shoot V's booked weddings and even donate the proceeds from the wedding to the family of our lost friend. It helped me realize that we all belong to a caring community. Photographers might have their gripes with each other, we might fight over business models or other little needless things, but when someone is in a time of need our community knows how to step up and lend a hand.
In this new tribute group that came together on Facebook many photographers were offering their help to first or second shoot, edit, or others were even working together to reach out to the brides. Can you imagine if your wedding is just a few days away and you hear that your photographer has tragically passed away? While it would be hard to fill V's shoes, it fills my heart to see that his brides are receiving a list of photographers who have offered to step up and help out.
I keep stumbling over my words this morning as I am trying to put this together while wiping the water out of my eyes. Hopefully what I am trying to say makes sense. In short, I just want to say how gracious I am to see a community of photographers stepping up to help out one of our own.
Voted Utah's 2012 Wedding Photographer of the Year, Marvell Smith was an extremely talented and skilled photographer that will be missed. Earlier this year I shared an article on Marvell along with a video of him teaching a group about posing. Here are a few of his photos followed by links to his website and Facebook page. Take a few minutes today as a tribute to check out his work. I am sure it will inspire you as it has inspired me over the years. Website | Facebook | Blog. In addition to being a photographer Marvell was a tremendous father to his two sons he raised and also worked as a police officer in Utah.
A memorial fundraiser has been set up to raise money for Marvell Smith's two sons. Click here to view the fundraiser and donate what you can.
“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.” ― Henry David Thoreau