Nicole | Personal | Weddings | 10th September 2014
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of heading out to the Bunya Mountains for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. It was so nice to get away and just be present in nature for a while. While I was out there I was thinking about my business, my life and the impact I want to have on the world, as a person and as a photographer. And as I was thinking about this, there was a blog post that I know I just needed to write. It is about what I love about being a wedding photographer.
This year in my business, I took the plunge and decided to streamline my business and focus all my efforts on photographing boudoir and weddings. These are the two genres of photography that I am incredibly passionate about and for two completely different reasons. I will be talking about why I love boudoir photography in a couple of weeks, but today I wanted to share with you why I do what I do.
Weddings are such an incredibly special day to be part of. I love that I get invited to witness and capture a historic family event in the lives of my couples. I think it is an incredible privilege to be allowed in. I get to see people at their most vulnerable – incredibly happy, sometimes sad when you miss important people that couldn’t be there, excited, emotional, proud are just a few of the emotions that I get to see on a wedding day. And I get to capture all of that. To me that is what wedding photography is all about – the emotion, the connection and the relationships between humans. Seeing those incredibly special moments that others might not get a chance to see and to capture it, to give my couples that priceless memory makes all the hard work, long days and weekend scarifies worth it.
As well as the human side of wedding photography, I also love photographing weddings as it really pushes me to be my best in so many different genres of photography. I am capturing product shots, formal portraits, photo journalism through the ceremony, an artist during location portraits and low light reception photography. And as well as a photographer you are a person of the people – laughing, sharing some beautiful memories, adjusting things as necessary. And I love this. I read something somewhere the other day that wedding photographers are adrenaline junkies and I thought about this for a while and yes, I can whole heartily agree. Photographing a wedding is a complete adrenaline rush, there is so much pressure to capture the day (mainly from myself to do the best job I possibly can) and create some beautiful photographs. No wonder it always takes a little bit to wind down after a wedding… I love that weddings keep my on my toes both as a person and as a photographer. They constantly push me to be a better photographer, a better person and a better artist. I love that each wedding provides a different set of challenges and I get to meet some of the most amazing people. When ever I mention to someone new that I am a wedding photographer they always ask if I photograph or deal with a lot of Bridezillas… and I can honestly say no. All of my clients are incredibly beautiful, kind hearted gorgeous people and I honestly feel like a long lost cousin at most weddings. Its not unusual for me to be behind the camera whipping away a tear as I too get caught up in the emotion of the day. Sometimes I can’t stop smiling as the enjoyment of the moment is just contagious!
So this post is just a little insight as to why I do what I do and why I seriously think I have the best job in the world. It is also going to be the start of a series of blog posts about some of my favourite wedding moments that I get to see behind the camera. And it’s not a NBP post without a photo, so here are a couple of my favourite wedding photos from this year.