I was reminded recently why I became a wedding photographer. Not long ago I was visiting one of my wedding clients, dropping off an album from their wedding, when they invited me in to view a wall they had decorated in the house they recently bought just before their wedding. I walked in, turned the corner, and was amazed at what I saw. They had decorated the entire wall with photos from their wedding, engagement, and bridal sessions. All of the photos on the wall were photos that I had taken for them.
It touched me in a way I hadn’t realized before. Seeing how they placed the images I captured in such a prominent way in their home, it made me realize that wedding photography involves much more than just photographing the couples day. What we do lasts their lifetime. To know that the art I create is cherished so much by the people that hire me humbled me. The gift we have as photographers to create art or to “paint with our lens” (like I like to say) touches our client’s emotions. We capture their memories, their most precious moments, on film for them to cherish and enjoy for years to come. As wedding photographers we are able to touch people’s lives in a way that few others can and it is a great responsibility that we should not take lightly.
So the next time you are shooting a wedding just think about how these memories in the making that you are capturing will be cherished by your clients for years to come and let that drive the passion that you have for your craft. Use that as a reminder when the never ending long nights of editing seem to run together and you ask yourself why you do what you do. Use that as your reminder in the New Year to put the same passion and soul into every clients shoot so that they truly walk away with a great memory.
Until next time, happy shooting and happy New Year everyone!
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