Why become a destination wedding photographer?

Why become a destination wedding photographer?

Posted by / 18th November 2013 / Categories: blog / -

A seemingly simple question you’d think. But the answer (or answers) aren’t that easy to define…

Obviously I love the theory of photography – capturing light and trying to render it onto a two dimensional surface. A moment in time translated to picture or pixel and reflected back through frame or screen.

With this comes my fascination for the technical aspect – the gadgetry and the computers. The cameras and lenses. I even get excited about tripods…

But being able to get a picture in focus, framed nicely, have a pleasing depth of field or ‘bokeh effect’ is just a tiny part of a wedding shoot.

For me it’s more about connections with people and being part of their most intimate and special moments. It’s about making them laugh and them making me laugh. I want to go home feeling privileged that I was a part of a perfect day in somebody’s life.

I also love working with my wife. She amazes me every time with her creativity and her ability to find new angles and moments. Every time we shoot a ceremony it takes me back to our own beautiful wedding day. And who wouldn’t want that…?

Then come the 5 stages of ‘post-wedding trauma’.

  1. On the way home: Wow – that was an amazing day! How did you do…?
  2. First view on the computer: I got nothing I hope you did okay…
  3. Half way through editing: My photos are terrible. Everything is out of focus. I wish I’d remembered to…
  4. Nearly done: Oh I remember that. It was great/funny/touching when the bride/groom/waiter giggled/fell/kissed and so on…
  5. Done and dusted: I’m really proud of this album. I hope they like them as much as we do…

Of course the final result should be an album which will bring the whole day flooding back for everybody. The meticulous details and preparations by the bride. The most handsome the groom will ever look in his life. The kiss, the vows, the cocktails and toasts. The tragically wonderful moment when Uncle Bob fell into the trifle.

Being a wedding photographer is the single most difficult, stressful and, at times, terrifying job I’ve ever done.

It is also the best…

Mark x

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