A letter to all of my past and future brides--

A letter to all of my past and future brides--

With love~

~Your Wedding Photographer


Yay! You picked me! After untold hours of searching, emailing, and interviewing photographers, you have chosen me. And I am unbelievably honored! Trusting someone to document the biggest day of your life is a huge decision. And I swear to you, I do not take the responsibility lightly.


I know that you will have some of these photos hanging in your house for decades, and that guest after guest will comment on how happy and beautiful you looked! I know that each year, on your anniversary, you will pull out the album and re-remember each of the day's special moments. I know that, in fifty years, your granddaughter may very well come across one of these pictures, that she is going to find these pictures in a box in her mom's closet, and she is going to discover from whom she got her good looks. I know your wedding photos are so special, and it is very important to me that you love them. Not only tomorrow, but 100 years from tomorrow, I want you to love them.


I promise that on your wedding day, I will put my whole heart into my job and give you my very best efforts. I do so solemnly swear.


However, being an artist, my job can be extremely difficult. Throughout the day, I will receive instructions from a multitude of people (and frequently!) and they are not the same instructions. And even though you have given me a printed itinerary of the day's events, inevitably things do not happen as planned. Things will go wrong, and, in Oklahoma, it's usually the weather. I have to quickly adapt and adjust and re-think my strategy, my plan of attack. I have to process a lot of information and make multiple decisions at once. I have to decide on what lens to use, what camera settings to use, flash or no flash, what angle, what backdrop, et cetera, and, frequently, I have to make those decisions in a split second-- or I risk missing your once-in-a-lifetime moment! I am on my feet not only standing, not only running, but stretching and squatting and sometimes hurdling over obstacles for over eight hours at a time. I carry my equipment with me everywhere I go because I switch gear constantly, and that stuff-- it is not light! After the day is over, I will go home and spend at least 40 hours editing your images to ensure that they are as beautiful as possible.

That's a work week. And I'm glad to do it.


Even though I will give you my best efforts and I will make the decisions that I feel are correct, unfortunately, the likelihood is that a small percentage of you will not be satisfied with the final product. This breaks my heart. I wish that every single shot I take would be your favorite shot of the night, and I wish I could promise you that I can replicate your Pinterest wish-list exactly. But I can't. And that makes me sad. What I can promise you is that each shot will be taken with care. And that each shot will be taken with passion. And that each shot will be taken with love.

Sincerely, 

Jessica

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