A few months after I turned 18, I opened my Inbox to find an invitation a client inquiry, “We love your pictures… and would like you to shoot our wedding in December.”
That was the first wedding gig that found its way to my web space.The couple found my website and decided I would make a good photographer for their big day. I hadn’t worked any weddings or engagements at that point; nevertheless, they inquired about my rates, availability, and the “Save The Date” package (code for engagement photos.)
I was flattered that strangers were seeing and enjoying my work. But I told the bride- and groom-to-be the same thing I told other interested couples after them – I’m not a wedding photographer.
What I really meant to say was, I don’t want to be a wedding photographer.
Let me present this differently.
Engagement photos are like this:
And I’m like this:
I did try photographing weddings but found that I don’t enjoy it; few wedding photos actually appeal to me.
I enjoy attending weddings, but that’s very different from working weddings. Wedding pictures are soft and warm. I like my images moody and wild. My friends who are wedding photographers say that when I’m older (and nearing marriage myself), I’ll jump at every chance to be a part of these festive declarations of love and romance.
I tell them, maybe.
But maybe not.
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