Professional wedding photography is not for the faint of heart. Really. Most photographers I know will not attempt weddings. Not only are you expected to capture every special moment perfectly, but you must have varied photographic talents. Universal talents! You are not only a people photographer, but a landscape photographer (the grounds and the church), a macro photographer (details of dress, shoes, rings, decorations...), a candid photographer (capturing emotion in the bride and groom and guests), an action photographer (guests dancing, bouquet throw, bride and groom sprinting down the aisle...), a food photographer (cake, meal, champagne toast), etc. etc.
Recently I had the privilege of photographing Kim and Mike's wedding with a fellow photographer. Being a photographer you get to be up close and personal with the wedding couple and you are right there to see and feel every emotion. You are just a few feet from them as they go through one of the most important days of their lives. It's happy, it's stressful and it never goes perfectly. It goes by entirely too fast. So for most couples, capturing that moment in photographs is of utmost importance, and rightly so!
Good rapport between the photographer and the client is vitally important to capturing those incredibly special moments. A couple that is flexible and has fun with their wedding day, makes all the difference. I had great fun with Kim and Mike, and their wedding went beautifully. I was able to capture several tender moments, that made for wonderful photos that they can be proud of.
So in closing, I write this to Kim and Mike: thank you for letting me be part of your special day! And to all those reading my blog out there: give your local wedding photographer a hug, it's a tough job!