I've been a little absent from my blog and social media in general the past couple weeks, due to a big event I've been prepping for. I'm so excited to finally show a sneak peek of what I've been working on and chat about the roller coaster of emotions it's sent me on.
A few weeks ago, as I was waking up and checking my emails, I received a message from one of my blog followers asking if I would be willing to photograph her sisters upcoming wedding. After reading the entire email I literally sat in bed for ten minutes staring at my phone, completely shocked and rendered speechless.
By no means have I ever considered myself a photographer. Yes, I have a DSLR camera, I've helped with a couple photoshoots and assisted at a wedding. Given the right lighting and circumstances I can take a pretty good photo. The thing is, I really only take photos for myself and my blog, never for profit. I can't begin to describe how flattered I was that they reached out to me with my limited experience.
The reason I don't consider myself a photographer is because EVERYONE these days is a photographer. I don't want to be another person who buys a camera, looks up a few YouTube tutorials, and within a couple weeks claims the title and begins charging people. I feel like there are so many folks who do this, yet they lack the talent/ education to do anything other than point and shoot. Being a photographer requires so much more than a fancy camera in my opinion. Of course I understand we all have to start out somewhere to pursue our dreams. I just feel that too many people jump the gun from being amateur to professional.
While I'm not planning to pursue a photography career (I mean, as far as I know at this point 😉), this experience has been a real eye opener, and I'm glad I accepted their offer. I surely would be a puddle of regret had I not. I mainly wanted to take their photos because I absolutely love learning about photography. It's a beautiful art form and so far it's been quite the educational experience.
I'm very grateful this couple reached out to me and asked me to photograph their wedding. We just took engagements on Saturday and it's crazy how much I learned in that hour and a half. I completely understand why it's such a sought after profession. Getting a glimpse of this important time in people's lives was a very special experience for me.
I can't wait for their bridals coming up soon!