Okay, that headline is a little harsh, and I don't hate weddings. I'm what my good friend Giorgi calls "fluent in sacrasimese"; it's a blessing or a curse.
But here are the 5 reasons I hate (love/hate) photographing weddings:
1. I love pajamas. I'd wear them all day if I could...okay, I do, all day every day, my excuse is I work from home. Going to weddings requires me to get dressed in professional and formal attire. Whether you have a designated uniform for your photography business or like the guests, it is so important to take this day seriously. Save the PJ's for the next week of editing all those images from the day.
2. I love eating food I didn't make. Okay, maybe this isn't a good reason, but so much yummy food is all around during a wedding day, from getting ready -- croissants, bagels, mimosas, oh my! To the reception tower of goodies overflowing on the dessert table -- too tempting not to grab a couple cookies. A full day of photos creates a hungry tummy. I apologize in advance for all the drooling and side-eye at the wedding cake.
3. I love not being an emotional mess. The first look between bride and groom, those damn mother & son, father & daughter dances get me every time. Even though I am an outsider documenting the day, when I see these special moments, I can't help but tear up. The happiness and love can get overwhelming, but I just love catching those candid smiles and heartwarming hugs.
4. I love dancing when I hear music. Those reception songs seem to coincide with the top 40 of the year, and I can't help but bust a move when I hear any kind of beat. It's so hard not to join in on the fun, but capturing the party lights cross over grandma's happy face as she shakes it to Beonce' is priceless. Family came from across the globe to meet up for this special day, and at the end of the night, gather together for a good'ole "Cupid Shuffle" -- line by line of relatives dancing, smiling and having a great time...together.
5. I love quiet moments. A wedding is no time for nonchalantly smelling the flowers. As a photographer, you have to be on your game, catch anything and everything. So many precious moments that are gone in a blink, it's so important to be on your toes to snap the unexpected. When it's portrait time, things begin to quiet down, and it's just the bride and groom. Capturing their love through the lens is so special. The couple may think they are being directed for something, but those in-between shots are the best. Those show the true connection, love, and twinkle in the eye, as the two look at each other.
I hate what weddings do to me, but I love all those moments. Below are some sweet, shared moments between some of my bride & grooms over the last couple years.
Thanks for reading!