When I started my business, I announced to my friends and family that I wanted to be a wedding photographer. As supportive as they were, I was often told that I should not get too specific and pigeonhole myself as a niche wedding photographer and that I should just photograph anything and everything I was offered money to photograph. And while I do enjoy numerous personal photography projects such as travel and sports photography, there have been times when I’ve considered pursuing other areas of photography that don’t interest me in order to get by. After all, a lot of people that hire a wedding photographer might need a maternity, newborn or family photographer somewhere down the line, so that’s great return business right?
Well let me ask you a question.
When you go shopping, where makes you feel the most special? The supermarket? Or a boutique? Sure, you can go to the supermarket and get almost everything you could possibly need. But do you enjoy the experience? What about when you go in to a boutique or a specialist store. It’s no longer just about getting in and getting out with what you wanted. It’s about the whole experience. The boutique shop assistant knows about their products and shows a genuine interest in what they offer and chats with you to help you. And when you leave with your new purchase in hand, you feel excited about it and you can’t wait to show it to your friends.
Couples in love, intimate weddings and beautiful locations; these are the things that inspire me. I love hearing about how a couple met. I love watching the groom’s face as he see’s his bride for the first time on their wedding day. I love watching them walk hand in hand as husband and wife for the first time and share a kiss in front of a stunning backdrop. And when I feel inspired I create work that I love and that my couples love. As you look through a wedding gallery you’re seeing the joy that I felt as I was taken along for the ride, the emotion I felt when the groom got choked up during his speech. I feel it all, and I capture it for my couples so that they can feel it every time they look at their pictures for years to come.
Ask me to take some maternity photos or a newborn shoot with ecstatic new parents and I’m lost. Of course I can take perfectly ok pictures, but the passion, the inspiration is simply not there. And trying to convince anyone it was would be doing both my clients and myself a disservice. Does this mean that I’ll never shoot maternity or families? Not necessarily. Perhaps as time goes on, my interests and inspirations will shift. But right now, I’m just not in *that* place.
Now maybe you’re reading this and thinking I sound like another one of those privileged millennials who needs to join the real world, or perhaps you understand that life is too short to spend precious time and energy on things that do not bring happiness in to your life.
I’m a boutique. Not a supermarket.
Would you like to see a little glimpse of what life is like behind the scenes on a wedding day?
Read A Ski Wedding – Behind The Scenes