I want to tell you a story of a guest that I had the privilege of talking to at a wedding I was shooting. To retain the privacy of the innocent, we will call this sweet lady Millie.
Millie struck up a conversation with me at the reception. She shared her connection to the bride. We chatted wedding pleasantries. And then she said, "I don't have any wedding pictures."
My brain and heart went crazy. What!!!??? Excuse me?! I tried to conceal my shock and was able to muster "What do you mean?"
Millie shared that she didn't think it would be a big deal if her cousin came and took her wedding pictures. She had a camera. She had some cute pictures of her children on Facebook. It would be fine.
Until it wasn't.
Her cousin, as well meaning as she was, wasn't ready for a wedding. And all of the prized moments of Millie's wedding day were lost in blurry, dark, unrecognizable photos.
She was devastated when she came home from her honeymoon.
Millie shared with me that her wedding was wonderful, but all she can think about is how she can't have a do over. Her and her husband are still happily married, she still had a wedding that she dreamed of, but her tangible memories are gone. And the photos she has to share with her children make her cry sad tears instead of happy ones.
Unfortunately, I have heard this story far more times than I would care to.
I know that when you are browsing the photography market, it can be overwhelming. I know that it is tempting to just get a friend with a nice camera to do it.
But think of it like a surgical procedure that has to be done in a small window of time. Who do you hire? Your daddy who can pull splinters out of your hand or a specialist that does this kind of surgery every day?
I know that wedding photography and surgeries are not the best analogy, but weddings are a once in a lifetime event with split second moments to be captured.
I have shared with brides that want to hire a great photographer but are on a tight budget, that there are other areas of the wedding that can be downsized in order to have a photographer that is invested in you and can stylize your wedding memories to bring about elation and joy each time you look at them.
And those kind of photographers are what save you from stories like Millie's. They allow you to rest easy knowing that you are in capable hands. Who will share in your joy and can't wait to hear about the day your baby girl asks to see when you and her daddy got married. That makes our job worth it all.
If you are one of my #pouredoutbrides, you better send me a picture of that moment! ;)
Find a photographer who fits your personality. Who loves you as a couple and is invested in your wedding journey and beyond. Who will make your photos bring back every beautiful emotion of your special day. For goodness sake, don't be a Millie.
Love and Laughter,