I keep saying that I have the best job. And I do. I really really do. I get to meet all kinds of wonderful people. I get to be part of one of the most beautiful days of their lives. I get to freeze their moments. It's an awesome feeling going through images from a full day wedding. I find myself sitting in front of my computer screen with a stupid smile across my face. I captured that. And that. And that. With my camera. Me. I did that. A couple of years ago, I wanted to major in French. It could have been anything really - that it happened to be French is... well, I have no idea why. Might as well have been Arabic.
And then I bought a camera.
A wedding magazine once asked me how long I had been taking pictures. My mind went completely blank and I ended up lying to them, because I felt like such a fraud.
Ummm, 10 years.
Correct answer at the time: 2 years.
If people ask me today, I tell the truth. I bought my first SLR in 2008. So I haven't got years and years of experience, but I can see things. The small things that make a wedding so unique. What good is 20-30 years of experience if your photos lack that little je ne sais quoi (see, I got to use my French skills there - totally worth all those years of student loans - ha!)? A monkey can take a good photo of a bagel. Not everyone can capture those small, fleeting moments. I'm not saying that I'm better than most people - I think I'm crap most of the time and, no, I'm not saying that to make you say NOOOOO, YOU ROCK! I am my own worst critic, believe me. If I spend to much time looking at a full wedding, I end up thinking I could have done better, way better - even if the client loves it. It doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing though. It keeps me on my feet. I'm always striving to be better. To evolve. To create photos that say something. Memories. Isn't that why you press the shutter button in the first place - whether you shoot for a living or just for fun? To freeze what once was?
Take this photo, for instance. Does the love shine through? Can you look at it and feel as if you're there?
I hope so.
I stood on a frickin' chair that threatened to fold under my weight to get it.
That's what it's all about.