In honor of my TEN-YEAR anniversary of shooting weddings coming up, I wanted to share 10 reasons why I love being a wedding and portrait photographer. It may be cheesy, but I really love what I do, and wanted to do a fun blog post centered around it! (P.S. stay tuned for my 10 year anniversary date (1-23-2020) for an exciting giveaway!)
So here we go- My 10 reasons why I love being a wedding and portrait photographer:
- The thrill. It’s so thrilling for me to take pictures, especially from my film camera, and see the result that I created. It never fails that when I show a bride and groom a shot from my camera screen (obviously not on my film camera) that their reactions are priceless. They also tend to loosen up more for the rest of picture taking, because they’ve already seen what they look like behind the camera and they now realize they should change their careers and become models. That was a long answer, but basically, my job is thrilling in more ways than one and I love it.
- The legacy. Pictures are memories frozen in time. To be able to capture those memories and deliver those tangible prints for a family or couple on their wedding day is priceless. Wedding photos are the start of a family’s legacy, and I get to be a part of that! It’s an honor that I don’t take lightly.
- The romance. I am a romantic at heart and cry during every hallmark movie even though they’re all so predictable. With that being said, I know how every first look and wedding ceremony will go (for the most part), and I always find myself wiping a tear or two away at some point during a wedding day. I can’t believe I get to photograph fairy tale love stories for a living!
- The relationships. I’ve formed some amazing relationships with clients and other wedding vendors over the last ten years because of photography, and I’m so thankful for that!
- The hours/schedule. I say often how thankful I am that mine and my husband’s jobs are both so flexible during the week. We are able to spend more time together as a family and we love it.
- The travel. I’m always up for traveling to photograph weddings or sessions and have been able to go to some beautiful places in the last 10 years. I’m so excited that this year I’ll be able to travel to New York City for a wedding in September!
- The growth. Over the last ten years I have grown so much (in photography and physically- I was only 16 when I photographed my first wedding!). I’ve made mistakes, missed goals, reached goals, and everything in between. I’m constantly relying on The Lord and He never lets me down. I’m so thankful that His strength has been made perfect in my weaknesses!
- The opportunities. My business has given me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to experience without it. From traveling to different parts of the country for photo shoots and education, being published on multiple wedding websites and magazines, to teaching budding photographers how to best use their equipment and own a successful photography business, and so much more.
- The creativity. I’m a 3 wing 4 on the Enneagram scale, which basically means I like to hustle, get things done, and I thrive on creativity. Being a portrait and wedding photographer has allowed me to dive into those areas that are etched into who I am as a person. It makes me come alive! Something I say a lot when I’m in my zone is “the three in me is thriving”. One of my favorite ways that I’ve been able to express creativity is creating styled shoots with other wedding professionals. It’s so fun, and rewarding, especially when we see the finished product get published or featured!
- Last but not least- the cake. Let’s be real, one of the main highlights I look forward to while shooting a wedding, for me, is enjoying a slice of cake at the reception while snapping pictures of people dancing and celebrating the newly-weds. 😉