How Wedding Photography Surprised Me
Just a couple of years ago, I would never have thought the main focus of my business would be wedding photography. I'd tried photographing weddings a few times in the earlier years of my career as a photographer and I didn't think it was for me at all. I didn't have the right equipment for it, I didn't have a good understanding of how a wedding day goes and what is important to capture and I generally didn't have the technical knowledge back then that is required to be able to get good results in the varied light conditions of weddings. For those reasons I had made up my mind that it was too stressful and I couldn't enjoy it.
Fast forward a few years and I couldn't imagine not photographing weddings now! A much improved technical knowledge and understanding of what equipment I need for not just the situations I'm photographing, but for the results I want to achieve aesthetically has allowed me to embrace wedding photography.
I used to have a very naive view that wedding photography was a fallback option for people that couldn't achieve their original goals within photography. What a crazy, stupid thing to think! Some people may think it's easy money, an easy career.. but it's far from that. It's a lot of hard work, time consuming and you need a lot of knowledge and skill for it.
The main thing that took me by surprise was how emotionally invested I get with each wedding. I get totally sucked into the love and happiness of each couple and their families. I get teary at every wedding (and hide behind my camera so no one can see!) I love hearing the couple's stories about how they met and got engaged. I love listening to the speeches and getting to know what the couple means to their friends and family.
This job is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Getting the sweetest messages from happy couples and their families about how special the photos are to them - I can't explain what that means to me.
I feel so lucky to not only be invited into such a special day but to be able to capture moments like this... truly priceless.
I feel more creatively challenged and free than ever. Every wedding is inspiring with so many new characters and details to document. I feel like I'm growing so much as a photographer with each wedding.
I started out at 19 years old, wanting to be a fashion photographer. Those days were exciting and I wouldn't have done it any other way but now, wedding photography has stolen my heart, in a way fashion never could.
It's hard work, a lot of pressure and scary sometimes but to me it's the best job in the world.
Bring on 2015 wedding season!