Happy Tuesday! Today will be a mix of My Life Monday, which I just didn’t get to yesterday, and a little bit of wedding love. This week has been busy with swimming lessons and prepping for ordering appointments and a session too coming up that my Monday blog post kinda got the back-burner.
Now, those that have followed me long enough may be wondering…”but I thought you don’t do weddings anymore?” This still is the case; however, I’ve received so many inquiries from people really mostly wanting to be sure they have beautiful, professional family photos prior to the ceremony. After receiving several such inquiries, I decided that, maybe this is a need I should consider fulfilling. Much of the challenge, for me, when I did [full] weddings, was finding childcare for a 10+ hour day for 3 kids…..during the summer months. Who wants to give their entire Saturday, which, pretty much amounts to an entire weekend, when a lot of people enjoy camping and other outdoor lake/river activities. So, I relied much on the help of my own mom, as well as my mother-in-law (bless their hearts). Then, my mom’s work situation changed; she’s since not available weekends anymore. My mother-in-law and her spouse enjoy camping and other little getaways too, now that my father-in-law is enjoying retirement. So, as life changes for those I rely on, so does mine. And I’m okay with that. It has forced me too, to enjoy summer with my own family. And that – I have done and I can say wholeheartedly, it’s been wonderful. Life is just too short and when you get to my age (you know, that mid-life crisis age – lol!)….you start to feel the years slipping faster and faster.
All that being said, showing up and making a fool of myself in front of a large group of people (for wedding portraits) to get them to smile naturally is just as easy as it is in front of a high school senior. Both are about the same amount of time. It’s just easier to find a high school kid to watch my kiddos for a few hours as opposed to from morning to night.
Also, I have learned that usually a wedding is the last time a family photo was taken. I’ve done enough anniversary sessions to know that it usually takes a wedding to get the group together. You might as well invest in those family portraits and make it count. Your loved ones will likely have only those images to hold onto for many years to come. So, call it an a-ha moment or what have you, but I see a need and if it means a couple hours out of my Saturday, just as it would be for any other portrait session, for a family to have beautiful, professional portraits at a wonderful celebration…then why not offer my services? Whether you want just the pre-ceremony portraits, just the ceremony or both, I’d be happy to oblige. Many people don’t realize that most church pastors/priests frown upon flash during the ceremony. Some don’t even want a photographer near the front, as I’ve personally encountered. It’s just a day you can never get back and although I truly miss doing the whole day for weddings and creating beautiful leather-bound wedding albums that tell the story of the day….it’s just as wonderful to capture some of the day in order for a family to have some lasting family heirlooms and memories.
So…there you have it!
Next week I’ll share more my life type of stuff. This week, it’s all about Stephanie & Tayton and how much I enjoyed photographing their families and bridal party. In just 90 minutes I think I managed to convince them I’m at least a little bit nutty….just ask the ring-bearer & flower girl! lol!
Congrats again you two! Enjoy your honeymoon! By the way, such elegant bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses! So, so beautiful!!
Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your day, Stephanie and Tayton! Your families were wonderful and I can see there is so much love to go around. And hey, I think Tayton even enjoyed pictures…..at least a smidgen….you think?