Lately I’ve realised something. Each couple I photograph become my friends. I shoot roughly 20 weddings a year enabling me to remember who you are and all about your wedding with out looking back through my files to see your plans. I get excited to see the way your plans have turned into reality from every little detail you informed me of. On the day I am never ‘Just a photographer’ I do every possible thing to make sure your day runs smoothly, no stress just happiness and laughter. I’ve been a seamstress for the mother in law wanting to look her best, a tie expert for the disorganised groomsmen, a florist, a hairdresser, a makeup artist, a chauffeur; I do every possible little thing, oh as well as being a photographer (my main role and reason I am there!) I capture some of the best natural unseen moments as well as organising every staged shot the happy couple require with ease and patience.
However I’ve noticed there is another breed of wedding photographers. They cover roughly 70 weddings a year and you are just another page in their ring binder, filed away to be forgotten about. Then the conveyer belt of weddings you are on comes around and there you appear, your name nothing but letters written in their diary, appearing the week of your wedding when they turn the page, forgetting about the weddings they had the previous week and now seeing your name, they go to their ring binder to see the plans you so carefully thought about. They’ll be there and spend a very important day with you, caring little about anything except how the photos turn out. Which is fine as this is their duty as a photographer.
But remember a friend will always go the extra mile.