Sometimes I lose track of the reason I became a wedding photographer in the first place. It was like so many partly because of disappointment in my own wedding photos. I was lucky, since I “gave in” to the demands of my wife to be, I agreed to hire a professional photographer to cover the main bits, which is the ceremony and some group photos afterwards. Those photos turned out great of course, but being on a budget and with the assumption that family and friends would do a good job of the photos, we only paid for the bare minimum of coverage, but even in the late 90’s that still cost us £250 for just 20 photos in a basic album.
Fast forward to 2013, I am sat in front of the computer, backing up old home video tapes, starting with the video from our big day – but wishing we had more photos of the day instead. Sure it’s nice to watch the video back, but there’s only so much you can sit through. Don’t know about you, but I feel a bit too self conscious to watch myself on screen, and listening to my own voice is very strange. 🙂
At the time when I got married, I never thought that one day I would become a professional photographer myself. Now I have taken the plunge, I take my responsibilities very seriously, although one of my main aim on a wedding day is to act as natural and informally as possible. This in turn helps my couples feel relaxed, which can only make my job a little bit easier.
I hope 15 years from now, my brides and grooms will be doing something similar to what I’m doing now, except not watching a video on a computer, but flicking through their wedding album and feel glad they have invested in a bit of quality – all without the need of electricity. Of course, there are customers who opt for the digital only package too, to these customers, I urge you to print out the photos, they do look a lot better on good old photographic paper than on screen.
Well, that’s it from me, see you at the next wedding!