I love wedding photography! That may seem like a no brainer coming from a wedding photographer, but believe me it’s not. I was at a photography conference in January and three different presenters mentioned during their talks how much they hated weddings. I mean we’re talking about world traveling wedding photographers who actually despise weddings. That’s insane!
I can’t imagine investing so much time into a day and not even enjoying it. Now I know they would probably say that they enjoy being with the people or documenting the party, but the fact that they don’t like the actual wedding day makes me wonder. For example, would I want to buy a cake from a baker who hated baking? Or read a book by a writer who hated writing? When a profession becomes more stressful than fulfilling, it’s easy to lose that passion for what you do. I’m happy to say that I’m truly passionate about what I do, and I’m so thankful for that.
The past couple of months have offered up a bit of time for reflection. While I’m sure there are lots of photographers out there who’ve missed the pay days, I bet some haven’t missed the events near as much. I can say that while I’ve enjoyed the extra time with my family and the opportunity to continue to learn and grow in so many ways, I’ve truly missed photography. I’ve missed being with strangers and documenting a piece of their life. I’ve missed telling stories.
I don’t think I realized just how much I love photojournalism until last week when I was asked to photograph firefighter training for my former employer, the Savannah Morning News. It’s been a long time since I last had an assignment for a daily newspaper, but as soon as I arrived and began taking photos I felt right at home.
It felt good to witness and document what was happening around me.That assignment really drove home why I enjoy weddings so much. It’s everything I loved about photojournalism all wrapped up in one event. It’s an opportunity to document an important day in someone’s life. To be surrounded by strangers and freeze moments in time for their loved ones to relive over and over.
Really that’s what it’s all about! After all, photographers are historians preserving moments in time for future generations.