I was having a conversation with one of my past brides who has also become one of my dearest friends. We were talking about the importance of having a great photographer and what the investment really means, (besides a dollar amount.) This conversation inspired me to add an investment page to my website, listing some of what investing in a photographer means to me, which you can view here.
One thing she said really stuck with me. She said about her wedding, “it went by so fast, some of it is a blur. Why spend more money on other parts of your wedding that are temporary, and cut corners on the one thing you will have to look back on forever.” She went on to talk about how not only was I able to capture moments she didn’t see herself that day, but my photos filled the place of some of that mental “blur” that can happen in the heightened emotions and rush of a wedding day. Moments that may have been forgotten.
That conversation led me down a thought process regarding the true value of good wedding photography. I have a quote on my wedding page that says, “Your wedding photography needs to be so good that you’re not simply looking at pictures, but you are able to RELIVE moments from your wedding day whenever you see them…” In light of the idea that some or much of your wedding may become a blur, having great photography to me means the photos aren’t merely pictures of what happened, but the emotions need to come off of those prints when you look back at them and that is a skill a photographer spends years perfecting. The documentary of the day must also be as thorough as possible.
Being a wedding photographer is an honor and a responsibility.