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. 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 seen what they look like 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 so predictable. With that being said, I know how every first look and wedding ceremony will go and yet I still find myself wiping a tear 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. I’m so thankful for that!

The Hours and 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 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 decade 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 is made perfect in my weaknesses!

The opportunities

My business has given me opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to experience without it. Traveling to different parts of the country for photo shoots and education. Being published on multiple wedding websites and magazines. Teaching budding photographers how to best use their equipment and own a successful photography business. I’m so honored and thankful.

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. 😉

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More About Me

I’m Candice Emerson and I’ve been a family and wedding photographer for over 10 years now! I’m a hybrid photographer, which means I shoot on digital cameras as well as film cameras. My style is considered fine art, “light and airy”, romantic, and timeless. I absolutely love every wedding I have the honor to photograph whether it be an elegant black-tie wedding, beach wedding, barn wedding, destination wedding, elopement, church wedding, or even an intimate woodland wedding. I’m a photographer serving in Macon, GA and photograph weddings and families in Macon, Fort Valley, Perry, Milledgeville, Savannah, and Atlanta. I’m always up for an adventure and ready for destination weddings or engagement sessions any day of the year! Contact me for more information on meeting for coffee and booking your wedding! I would love to be your wedding or family photographer! Contact me to view availability!