Why I Won’t Be Booked Solid In 2017

You hear people bragging about it all of the time. And not just photographers.

They are proud of how busy they are. Telling you they’ve not seen their wife/husband all week because of business meetings or shoots.

I hear some photographers proudly announcing that they have 45 weddings booked this year. And I know some colleagues who sometimes shoot two or three weddings in a weekend.

That’s MENTAL!!!

But I have made a promise to myself, and to my couples.

I will not take on more than 20 weddings in 2017.

Perhaps you think I’m crazy, potentially turning down business. Or maybe you think I’m just lazy.

But here’s how I see it.

A wedding day is a momentous, magical occasion. Whether it’s an elopement or a big wedding with a hundred guests, I believe you deserve my full attention. I care deeply about each and every one of my couples. I take time to get to know you and love learning all about your love story.

On your wedding day, I want to turn up fresh and energized, not exhausted and simply going through the motions. I want to be alert and ready to let artistic inspiration flow.

After your wedding is over, my focus is on getting your final gallery edited for you as soon as possible, and not to leave you waiting for months to see your pictures.

Whilst I love weddings, a wedding day is both physically and emotionally tiring. Carrying 15kg worth of camera gear around for up to 12 hours, sometimes in 30°C+ heat is hard work. If I tried to do this every weekend, it wouldn’t be long before I made myself ill, and I would never want to let any of my couples down because I’d been irresponsible with my own wellbeing.

I also have a wonderful husband at home, and whilst our wedding was amazing, I want our marriage to be even better. Why would I book myself every weekend so that I never see him? I cherish the time we spend together. We love going on mini adventures out in the countryside, climbing, hiking and skiing, and creating protected time for the two of us is really important to me.

So once I get to 20 bookings for 2017, I’m going to be closing the doors. So that I can give myself, my couples and my marriage all the love and attention that they deserve.

Menno Ekkelboom taking a photograph standing on a rock in Madagascar by Wild Connections Photography

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