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The wedding photographer’s manifesto | Charlotte wedding photographer


March 14, 2016

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Do you know what your wedding photographer stands for?  Are you sure WHY they pick up a camera every day?  I’ve realized that maybe you don’t. Maybe I haven’t told you why I have chosen THIS career…because I did choose it.  I spent what seems like a lifetime in school/college/grad school being educated in a corporate America field, and yet here I am.

I am a wedding photographer because I choose joy.

It doesn’t come easy.  When I first started out as a photographer I swore up and down that I would never become a wedding photographer because the task was too daunting.  There were too many moving parts, too many opportunities to make a mistake and too many once-in-a-lifetime moments.  The pressure to be perfect was overwhelming.  So I stuck with photographing only families and children for a while.  And a full-time job–can’t forget that.  I’m glad that I took the route that I did.  I learned how to master my camera, my composition and how to anticipate moments.  Have you ever tried to photograph a moving toddler?  Anticipation is key because they literally never stop.  I was determined that should I ever photograph a wedding I would be prepared, I would never be responsible for “screwing up” someone’s wedding day.

Slowly I became more confident in my skills and I moved onto second shooting.  If I didn’t want to be a wedding photographer this was a mistake because I fell hard and I fell FAST.  I loved it.  I loved every.single.second. of it.  The hustle, the sweat, even the last minute changes and hectic re-shuffles.  It felt like something different every day and I was in my happy place that I never anticipated finding.

Being on the inside of someone’s wedding day is an intimate, trusted position.  I spend more time with my brides than sometimes even their mothers!  I laugh, cry and even dance the day away.  My purpose as your wedding photographer will never be to push a button.  My purpose is to anticipate and preserve the ins and outs of your wedding day with creativity and skill.  To tell your story so that one day you can look back—maybe on a day when you NEED a reminder of how happy you were to say your vows—and experience the emotion again as if no time has passed at all.

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I was encouraged to write this post while taking part in a blogging challenge by Jeff Goins.

  1. Mary Beth says:

    Wow, this speaks so much to me! As someone who’s been honing skills over the past couple years, and finally getting started in business, I needed this. I’ve been here, and I’m still here some days. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Monashee says:

    Beautifully put. The passion that you feel emanates through your words. So great that you are doing what you love…. and I love that you were trained by toddlers, they are the best subjects for learning how to be one step ahead.

  3. I love it!! SO beautiful! Everyone needs to write a manifesto!!!

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