As many of you may or may not know, I've never really been the conforming type.
As shan't you.
I didn't learn how to create using a camera as a tool in any formal institution. Nope. Quite the opposite really. I majored in health sciences with focus on administration, marketing and minoring in psychology. In hindsight, I think throughout my many years of undergraduate studies, I took only a single art history class.
But you may already have an idea of how I got here, today. 10,000 hours people! Ball busting hard work.
And without a doubt, I have certainly been hiking that road less traveled.
But this isn't about me my homeys. I just wanted to give any newbies a brief background of my journey.
Today's post is more of an observation, a thesis, if you will.
Where were we? Ah, yes. Wedding photography.
There seem to be a few camps in regards to this genre of photography.
- The rite of passage stuff.
- Or, the, wedding photography isn't "real" photography, theory.
- How about the thought that wedding photographers are creepy old dudes in bad attire?
- Wedding photography is child's play; amateur stuff.
- All photographers shoot weddings.
"Comfort is the enemy of purpose."
"Just shoot what you shoot man, you'll be fine."
"Hey guys, can we take that from the top. Let's run through that again. This time with some more emotion."
A blink of an eye and it the ceremony is over and the formals begin. Before you know it, it's reception time. It's then damn near midnight and you have literally gotten the shakes as your blood glucose level has likely dropped to dangerously low levels. 12 hours of running around in the 90 plus degree heat while hauling around a pack of heavy glass and pro bodies, sips of water will not remedy.
12 hours later and about 200 gigs of data on about 3 or four different cards, sweat drenched attire, a belly screaming for sustenance and your quads burning as the milage you put on those wheels just rivaled that of a mini marathon, you pray that through discord that you were able to create pure awesomeness for the couple to enjoy forever.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
I LOVED EVERY FUCKING SECOND OF IT!
I had no idea.
The chaos, disorder, the anarchy may certainly frighten away some . . .
I embraced every second of it!
Having said that. I have since decided to take on a limited number of select wedding shoots. If you are interested, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Crazy. I cannot believe this article has just poured from my fingers. Never thought I'd see the day. LOL. I know many of you will be breaking my balls in due time. Bring it on!
Special thanks ::
To the bride and groom, Kari and Kyle. Congrats my friends!
To my wife, Stefanie. Holy shit. More than a 2nd shooter, she was one hell of a production manager. I love you boobsie!
Until next time . . .