I did a few photography courses in high school and often wonder what teacher thinks about me being a wedding photographer. To be honest, I don’t remember much from the classes, but one thing he said that always stuck with me was to NEVER become a wedding photographer. His reasoning was simple. Weddings are stressful. Weddings are unpredictable. You can’t make a mistake and you have to get it right the first time.
I’ve spent some time reflecting on this and have come to realize they are some of the main reasons why I love it so much. Every wedding is different, every wedding has it’s own unique challenges, and while those challenges can be stressful, they are also great opportunities to problem-solve and be creative.
I love people. I enjoy hanging out with our clients, getting to know them before their wedding, and hearing about their lives. Weddings for me are all about connections and relationships between families and friends, and I love having the opportunity to document and show that. I really enjoy interacting with guests at a wedding, and while my time and conversations with them is sometimes short, it’s great to meet new people and get a quick glimpse into their lives.
Most of all, I love the adventure that comes with wedding photography. We’re fortunate enough to shoot all over Western Canada and there have been so many places we’ve gone and experiences we’ve had that I would have missed out on not being a photographer. Adventure at weddings also helps push me to be creative. I love exploring with our clients, finding new locations, and then creating something that is truly unique with them.
Here’s some words I try to live by that tell a little bit about me:
“Time is our most valuable commodity.” So true – it’s something we can’t get more of. When I’m not working I try to spend as much time with my wife Karyn and our two little girls, Arianna & Bronwyn.
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike, and that’s pretty close.” I absolutely LOVE mountain biking. In 2014 I did a few races and managed to podium in one as a team. Feel free to read about it by clicking here.
“It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve been shooting and not sure if we should be there. Usually if someone comes along they’re cool with it and aren’t going to turn away a bride on her wedding day! I try not to carry this over into everyday life, though sometimes I think my daughter Arianna lives by this statement!
“There’s no friends on powder days.” OK, I actually hate this statement, but I do love skiing! Best day on the mountain was Powder Tuesday a couple years ago. I remember three things: It was bone-chilling cold, there was next to nobody there because the highway was closed in both directions, and we were choking on powder because the snow was so light and deep.
“Life is too short for bad coffee.” Honestly, I love (good) coffee. It makes everything better. Every time I empty my cup I’m a little disappointed that it’s gone.
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