**I’ve been carrying this post around for a week meaning to put it all out there and unfortunately everything but the plague has hit our house recently (fingers crossed that one isn’t on it’s way, because that would totally be my luck!)**
When I started this business four years ago all I knew was that I wanted to take pictures. Like many other photographers starting out I would do anything! Portraits, parties, babies, etc. An amazing woman (I’ll call her my mentor) told me quickly that I should find my niche. I could shoot all the other things, but that I needed to find the things that I loved and make that what my business was about. For some folks that is newborns and kids. They love the tiny hats and baskets and backdrops of a studio. For others it is real estate photography. Beautiful homes where you don’t have to chase anything (which sounds kind of nice sometimes!). I didn’t know what mine was and I almost let the chaos of, “I’ll do anything” ruin my love for my camera. Somewhere between finishing my MBA and buying this old farmhouse I fell in love with falling in love.
That sounds silly, but think about it. I get to capture a couple’s single moment when they commit their lives to each other. I get to freeze time on one of their most special days. That’s kind of crazy! I get to talk to them about their story, their family traditions, their idea of what wedding day should look like. I get to capture everything from completely traditional church weddings to red dresses in theaters. I get to experience what a celebration of love looks like to tons of different people. I get to share in the party and the heartfelt moments that can never be recreated. I get to capture a bride receiving her late mother’s rings unexpectedly. To be honest…on wedding day I get so excited! I know it’s silly, but I just can’t wait to see everything come together and the couple to exchange vows. I’m the wedding photographer who has a pocket full of tissues because there is a distinct chance I’ll cry on your wedding day! (You don’t even want to know how I cried on Chuck’s wedding day!)
Weddings scare off many photographers because there is a ton of pressure. You get one chance to capture the first kiss. You get one chance to capture the cake being smashed in someone’s face. You get one chance to capture Dad’s single tear during his toast. Who would want that pressure?!? I do! I wouldn’t pass up a wedding day for anything! That being said…the night before, when I’m packing my bag, I start getting nervous. Making sure I have everything. Batteries charged. New batteries for flashes. Lenses. Formatted memory cards. Paperwork for wedding day…important pictures, names of extended family, timelines. Camera.
How do I channel my love for love into a functioning photography business and manage to get the job done? Her name is Chuck. Folks, this lady is not only my assistant but also my Sherpa, collector, feeder, watch watcher, family picture organizer, and little sister. If it weren’t for her…I would be completely lost on wedding day. I just love to take pictures! She makes sure I’m there 5 minutes before cake cutting, she grabs the lens I left on the counter by the cake table, and she makes me sit down to eat after we’ve been working 10 hours. She makes sure every bridal party has drinks waiting after the ceremony for family picture time. She fixes veils, picks up that purse on the ground in the corner of my shot, and when it’s been a really really long day she reminds me to take the lens cap off 😉
I trust her with every bride’s day because I know she is as invested in this as I am. She’s got a pocket full of tissues while she’s standing right beside me. I know she cares enough to know every bride’s great-grandmother’s first name for family pictures and those get taken first so great grandma can be off to the party ASAP! Chuck’s the one running to fill the bride’s mimosa so she can laugh with her maid of honor. Chuck is the other half of this amazing business and I couldn’t do it without her!
So…thanks Chuck! Thank you for all your help making my love of love into a business. Thank you to my brides (friends!) for trusting us with this day. I couldn’t imagine things any other way!