Why do I love being a wedding photographer? Let me count the ways...
Okay, let's be realistic here. There are a lot of misconceptions about what being a wedding photographer is all about.
You know those meme's that go around showing the photos with things like 'what I think I do, what my friends think I do, what society thinks I do, what my parents think I do, and what I really do'? This post is going to be a bit of a written version of what I do.
First off, let's get rid of some of the misconceptions...
1) Wedding Photography is glamorous
2) Wedding Photographers only work one day a week
3) Wedding Photographers make a lot of money
4) Being a Wedding Photographer is easy, anyone with a nice camera can do it
The realities are more like this
1) It's a long day (as long as 18hrs sometimes) with a lot of heavy gear to make sure you can get exactly what the bride and groom want
2) I work on my photography business 6-7 days a week between shooting, editing, consultations, image viewings, album design, marketing & promotion, engagement portraits, location scouting, and more
3) It might seem like a lot of money when you hire a wedding photographer. I even thought this at one time at the beginning of my career. Then one day a business mentor challenged me to keep track of all the time spent working on things for a single client. Well there's 8 hours of photography on the day of the wedding, and half an hour drive each way, so 9 hours the day of the wedding - not too bad. The scary part was adding in consultations, phone calls, emails, downloading images from the cards, editing (roughly 2 hours sorting and editing for every hour of shooting), album design, image viewings, product delivery, file back ups, and more. Suddenly that 8 hours of wedding coverage was easily taking 30-40hrs or more! Now take that wedding photography fee, deduct the costs of albums, equipment, and assistants, and divide it by the number of hours. Suddenly I was making less than minimum wage and working hard than I ever had.
4) Wedding photography is long days, heavy equipment, a lot of pressure to get it right, lots of unexpected happenings and requests, coralling large groups of people that you hardly know and trying to do it all while looking calm, relaxed, and professional with a smile on your face.
So with all of that in mind, why am I still in love with being a wedding photographer?
I love meeting new people!
I get excited to hear all their stories. Where did they grow up? How did they meet? How long have they been together? How did he ask? What is the dream for their wedding day?
I'm honoured to share such an important moment in a couples life.
I love to be able to help people. I'm not just a wedding photographer - I help couples in any aspect of their wedding I can.
I love creating artwork that I know my clients will love.
It challenges me on every level, every time.
There's no other job in the world like it.
I'm addicted to weddings ever since I was a little girl.
Every wedding is unique and a chance for me to enhance someone else's life and grow as a person & a professional.
That moment when you show your client their images for the first time and they relive just how they felt. Nothing beats it!
And that's just the short list!
So why do I love being a wedding photographer? Because it's just who I am!
London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.
"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash