The wedding industry is full of heartbreak. There. I said it. I fall in love with my clients, sometimes spending over a year developing a relationship with them and then…the wedding happens. I’m there, full of smiles and hugs and jokes. I see my friends get married and I’m privy to their private giggles and behind-the-scenes conversations and experiences. I am swallowing their tears through my camera, fixing crises’ as they occur. Watching them scream and panic or weep in joyful excitement. And then? It’s done. Like most friendships, we drift off. Some of my clients completely disappear and I never hear from them again. Sometimes they resurface three years later for family photos. My business is all about ebbs and flows, feast or famine; I am ruled by the tides of life.
But the delight of it…is inexplicable. What weddings take from you in energy and dedication, they pay back in gratitude and jubilation. I know that a piece of me floats around in this universe, bolstering relationships in ways I most likely can never fathom. It’s why I encourage wall art, it’s why I allow my clients to print however they need. A lot of photographers charge for strange things, which is entirely about profit. I don’t overcharge my clients….I just need enough money to live my best life.
Haileigh and Andrew are perfect examples of what I adore in my clients. We spent a good time together. A couple of dinners at each other’s houses, an engagement session around South Congress, and an epic wedding day at Mercury Hall. All of the vendors worked together as a team, executing a FLAWLESS wedding day on one of the busiest wedding days of the year. And you know what? Andrew and Haileigh just trusted me and I delivered if I do say so myself. I fall in love with this job more and more every year. It has its own ebbs and flows, a love/hate reliance on this business that drives me crazy at times. I won’t want to do this forever, but each client I get etches into my heart and soul, fueling my drive to move forward with producing art.
Thank you H+A. Thank you for trusting me and hiring me for your big day. Big thanks to Andre for being a fabulous second shooter that I can trust!