A Time Of Reflection And A Time To Say Thank You!
Wedding Photographers Albany NY
By Jeffrey House Photography
After photographing a wedding, do you become friends with every couple you work with?
This is a question I'm often asked and the answer is no, I'm not. There are plenty of photographers out there that would like you to believe they are best friends with every client, but that's just not the truth. If you don't remain friends after the wedding, does it mean you did something wrong? Absolutely, not. For many couples, it's simply a preference.
I feel very fortunate to have worked with a lot of great couples over the years. Some have gone their own way and many others are still part of my life today. With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and say thank you to all of the great couples I've had the pleasure of working with. I can't express how much I appreciate you allowing me to be part of your day and your life.
The challenges and the rewards
As Wedding Photographers Albany, NY, there are many challenges that come with photographing weddings and it can be incredibly stressful, and frustrating. But, there are also a lot of rewards that come with being a wedding photographer too.
It's a Privilege
There are many wedding photographers out there that have lost sight of what a wedding means - to them, it's just another job. But, for the couple getting married, it's a unique and emotional experience. I never want to become one of these calloused wedding photographers that loses my appreciation and gratitude towards weddings.
A wedding is a big deal. It's one of the most significant life events we get to experience as people. Sure, there are many aspects of a wedding with similarities, but every wedding is also very different. There are always different people with different personalities, different stories, different emotions, etc. We can never lose sight of this. Photographing a wedding is truly a privilege.
Without question, one of the best aspects of being a wedding photographer, is the connections I form with my couples.
Again, I know many photographers that are only interested in photographing your wedding and then they move on to the next job. I want to be more than your wedding photographer - I want to be your family photographer - I want to photograph your newborn children, your family photos, proms, anniversaries, future weddings, etc. Photography is all about connections.
Creating Treasured Memories
Creating makes me feel exhilarated.
One of the best feelings is when a couple tells you how much their photographs mean to them. As a wedding photographer, I pour my heart and soul into creating imagery couples will treasure for the rest of their lives. This is not always an easy task - often times we literally have minutes to create photos that will last a lifetime.
It's an amazing feeling when couples tell you how much your photos made them smile, laugh or cry. Sometimes, a simple portrait winds up being the most beloved photo. For instance, I photographed a wedding recently where the bride's father started to experience some health issues towards the end of her wedding reception and needed to be taken to the hospital. I was unaware of this because it occurred after my photography coverage had ended. A few weeks later, after I delivered the photos, the bride told me about the experience and how much it meant to her to have photos of her father from the wedding.
Hearing this story and how much these photos meant to her made me feel incredible. This is why wedding photographers can never become complacent. It might seem like "just another family photo," but this seemingly simple image could mean the world to someone else.
Thank you again to all of the wonderful couples I've had the opportunity to work with. I appreciate your business and your support over the years, and I look forward to photographing your future milestones. As 2018 approaches, I'm exciting and looking forward to photographing your weddings. Let's create something special together!