This is my favourite photo from our wedding.
I love it because it describes us perfectly.
Hello, I am Bobbi Barbarich. My family is Croatian, and they added an 'H' on the end of our name when my grandparents came to Canada. I was bullied as a kid for being big and strong, and so I loathed my name. But now, I love it. I have fully embraced being barbaric.
Photography has helped me accept and love who I am. And I owe that to my clients. In wanting to reflect for them how honestly awesome they are, I've learned that I have to believe in my own awesomeness--which includes my perceived physical flaws. It's been a fantastic and challenging journey.
I've had the opportunity to document several hundred weddings and families over the past decade! I've been honoured with international awards both for wedding and for family photography. I enter images in competitions because it affirms that my work is universal. I want my images to connect with the viewer, and to be meaningful.
I always have my camera with me because it helps me understand the world, and I've grown to photograph not what we see, but what we feel. If we take time to consider what another person feels, I think it helps us to understand them--and that makes a meaningful photograph. Photography has taught me to be vulnerable, to be empathetic, to relish real life, and to experience the power in feeling our memories. And when the day is over, memories are all we have left.