Long before I read the thoughts of others on the subject, I told several friends, colleagues and advisors the following: “It’s great to be a part of the most special day of most people’s lives.” I’ll revise that here as part of the “most memorable day, “ the wedding day.
As a photographer, working to capture every special moment of the wedding day, it’s my job to preserve memories in photos (or sometimes video). It’s also my pleasure.
If I see a butterfly on a guest’s shoulder, I’m taking the photo – ok, Ashton Kutcher, I’ve seen your Nikon ads – and whoever wrote them, knows what they’re doing. Weddings are often outdoors at a time of year when the flutter-bys might make an unexpected appearance.
If the flower girl is just too shy for the job – isn’t that why you picked them, more great photos.
If the cake is great, the guests elated and the ’57 Chevy that brings you to the church too cool, more great photos. You’re inside the car. You didn’t see what it looked like when it pulled up to the curb – but you picked it for a reason, right?
My job, that of any event photographer, is to capture all of these small details along with the big ones – the ceremony, the reception, your first dance as husband and wife.
It’s one of the most wonderful days of your life, and I get to be a part of it. Others feel the same. I’ll say that a few folks in the business are less enthusiastic. If you get that vibe, no matter how shiny their website, or slick their sales pitch, run. You want a photographer who’s genuinely happy to be there. There are enough of us in the world, that you should be able to find one who’s a good match for you. ` Jonathan Ment, Photographer