No weddings, no way!
Since becoming a fulltime stock photographer I have been inundated with requests from family and friends to photograph them, their pets, their homes etc. Most of the time these shoots are a fun way to do something nice for the people I care about, as well as provide me with a great opportunity to expand my portfolio. However there is one request that I have always turned down with a very definite no, and that is weddings.
I find it frustrating when a young 'bride to be', (one who's spent a small fortune on everything from the bachelorette party to the table decorations at the reception for 200 people), decides it's time to become frugal when it comes to finding a photographer. Yes, I know that I can take good pictures, much better than uncle Joey can, and yes, I do have a big camera and know what all the buttons on it are for, (this really impresses people) but I do not have any experience in wedding photography.
A good wedding photographer knows how to anticipate and capture all those once in a life time moments. There are no reshoots at weddings! And when the big day is over, all you are left with is the memories and the pictures.
So I tell these 'brides to be' that a good and experienced wedding photographer is money incredibly well spent. You are paying for years of experience. I do hope they take my advice.
But seriously, hats off to all
the wedding photographers out there!
Photo credits: Barbara Helgason.