If you spend enough time around photojournalists, you'll learn that many develop a photographic superiority complex.
It's not hard to understand, really, considering the unique, firsthand opportunities we're given to witness and record history.
Thankfully, this self-important phase tends to pass quickly.
So, with all this in mind, I suppose it should have been no surprise that my photojournalist colleagues began ribbing me when I added weddings to the mix of work I pursue.
Honestly, though, I don't get it. Weddings are milestone events in people's lives and terrific stories. There's lots going on, plenty of genuine emotion, and interesting characters who couldn't be happier that you're there. Basically, it's a photojournalist's dream! And, if that weren't enough, there's almost always awesome free food! Come on, what's not to love?!
My friends can believe what they want, but I love photographing weddings. They're not easy. In fact, they can be flat out hard. Covering a wedding properly requires planning, concentration, plenty of "people skills" and a healthy dose of ESP. If you're good at it, though, the payoff in pictures can be amazing.
I'm lucky that enough editors out there like my work and continue to hire me. It does limit the number of weddings I can cover, but I like the variety and I'm sure it makes me a better wedding photographer to have the amount of journalism work that I do. By the same token, I know my wedding photography makes me a better photojournalist.
So, if you are looking for more from your wedding photography than the standard fare, give me a call. If I'm not shooting pictures, I'm probably staring at them on my computer, and I can always use a break from that!
So, I hope we have a chance to talk, Regardless of how that goes, though, congratulations and good luck with the many, many other things I'm sure you've got on your plate. And, for what it's worth, just know that no matter how much goes right or wrong in planning your wedding, it's going to be a great day. They always are!