Some days, you just want to tell people (including yourself, perhaps) that weddings aren’t just about us, the photographers. It’s about two people who are in love and want to hire us for our work.
A wedding is not just about what best shot we can take for ourselves to feed our creative side — it’s also the best shot that the clients would like to have.
A wedding featured on a blog should not be announced as, “Look, I’m on Wedding Blog today!” You’re not on the blog… it’s not about us; it should be “Look, Couple’s Wedding was featured here!” Because as much as I know we love to take credit for our sweat, strain, and mental gymnastics to get those amazing photos, the photos are showcasing the couple’s vision and planning (even if they used various vendors as extensions of their thoughts to carry out their ideas).
And I also feel that, hypocritically (since I’m writing this), being in this particular profession isn’t about looking at what others are doing or grumbling about the “state of the industry,” but about working on your own craft, your business, your marketing, or yourself — because people usually aren’t just hiring your photos, they’re hiring you. Pardon the use of the [fabulous] movie Center Stage, but the moment when Eva is gently lectured by her dance teacher that her problem isn’t the director, it’s the barre, reminds me of this.
Maybe I’m lecturing no one; maybe I’m lecturing myself. It’s easy to get caught up in the ego side of the business… but as a wise man once said, there are no rockstar photographers. If you wanna be famous, go star on reality TV.
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I’m sad to say that my video from yesterday showcasing the items I bring to weddings is now out of date. At 4pm, this beauty arrived on my doorstep. Out with the Kenko tube and in with the dedicated macro lens!
Here’s a photo I took of my computer screen, from Connie and John’s engagement session (for the full session that I blogged earlier this week, click here.)
And I tried taking photos of rings. Before, with the Kenko tube, this shot would have been close to impossible… I could never get this far away (seriously, the Kenko would be a quarter of an inch away from the rings, so they almost always had to be stacked). I’m excited to play with this lens a little more! (The rings are: my Catbird heart ring, my wedding ring, and Walt’s wedding ring.)
And because Fridays wouldn’t be the same without it, nail polish is “Sand Tropez” by Essie. I’ve been lusting after this color for a while and finally decided to go out and get it. It’s an amazing neutral shade. Loooove!
I hope you have a happy Friday and a great weekend!
@Kandise and @Elissa I just want to add that while I totally agree that the photographer should get 100% credit for taking beautiful pictures, I think Elissa was just trying to remind everyone that this is someone’s wedding day and that’s super important.
I’ve tried really hard to give Elissa as much credit and exposure as possible because I love her and she did a great job on our photos, but I would be really hurt to see the most important pictures I have of one of the biggest and best days of my life phrased as all hers and not mine at all. They’re both of ours. (Obviously the copyright is hers though!)
By using the language she does, Elissa has always made me feel like we were her top priority and that the photos were there to showcase US, not the other way around. That feeling is absolutely why we ditched the first photographer we hired so we could hire her instead and why we have hired her again since then. I think it’s a small but very important difference.