The other day I mentioned on a forum that I’m a wedding photographer. Seconds later, someone responded: “I’m sure that pays the bills, but what kind of photography do you REALLY want to do?”
Wedding photography gets a bad rap.
Some photographers like to kick it around. Others pat it on the head, like that little brother they tolerate. It’s treated like the low rung on the ladder of photography.
I think that’s messed up.
Look, I like a ton of different types of photography.
Candid portraits. Artsy portraits. Photo journalism. Still lifes. Macro. Event photography.
All of it appeals to me.
And a typical wedding day has all of that and more. So that right there is cool.
Add in people dressed in awesome clothes, brides with professional hair and make-up, and people generally having one of the best days of their lives.
Oh, and there’s cake. Can’t forget the cake.
Ok, ok. It’s work, too. Lots of work. By the end of the day I’m pretty wiped. And then there’s all the stuff I have to do before and after, too. I have a lot of late nights of photo work.
So it’s not just all a party.
But it’s never boring. And so far, never not fun.
You know what else? I have awesome clients. Every one of them. Maybe they won’t all become my best buds, but I can genuinely say that every one of them have been awesome people that were fun to get to know.
Also, I’m the guy that’s never satisfied. I always want to do better. Weddings are perfect for that. Unpredictable things happen from wedding to wedding, but the basic format stays the same. So it’s up to me to push myself. To try new things. To force myself to get better.
And I feel like every wedding I shoot is better than the last.
Every wedding is an opportunity to make myself a better photographer. To better relate to my clients. To do things a better way.
So for the haters that gotta hate, I’m just gonna keep doing my thing. Keep growing as a photographer. Keep meeting cool people.
And loving every minute of it.