I got the sweetest email from a reader in Belfast who said that, even though she had no plans on getting married herself as of yet, she had told everyone she knew about me. How awesome is that? How cool are my readers? When you spread the word like that, telling people that there's this Swedish girl who's dying to shoot a destination wedding, you help me out in ways you won't believe. When you write about my wedding site, you make it easier for people who are looking for a wedding photographer to find me. SEO. Search Engine Optimization. Google "wedding photographer sweden" or "wedding photographer gothenburg" and see what happens. Pretty cool, huh? My goal for 2012 is to top the list when people search for "photographe mariage paris" as well. Having an actual French wedding in my portfolio to show potential clients would of course be more efficient, but I have to start somewhere. The smallest post where my wedding site and the word "photographe mariage paris" (and other tags as well) is mentioned, will bump my ranking.
I'm not expecting you to do that.
I'm just saying. It helps. A lot.
And no. I may not be the cheapest photographer out there, but I have an eye for the little details. The small moments. I can't sing. I can't draw. My hair is a mess and I always misplace my freakishly big red glasses. But I can make you remember the day exactly the way it was when you look at my photos.
Isn't that what wedding photography is all about?
I wish I could do this for free. I really do. But I could be charging a helluva lot more, believe me. Thing is, I would miss out on so many brilliant photo opportunities if I did. I wouldn't get to meet all these awesome people. I would be limiting myself and don't want to do that. It would be interesting to write what I charge for a full day wedding here. To hear your reactions. The money issue. It's so hush, hush. I've been told that I'm too expensive. I've been told that I'm not. I don't know. All I know is that I pour my heart and soul into each and every shoot. 15-17 hours of focus focus focus to catch those fleeting moments. It's hard to put a price tag on that.
Sorry about that.
You came here to see a nice breakfast and you ended up reading an essay about wedding photography.
But that's what I do.
I may not do it forever, but it's something I do now.
And I love it.
To shoot in the States, France or Poland or anywhere else in the world be like icing on the cake.