Yes, I do shoot weddings
Photographer: Curtis Noble
Every now and then I hear something along the lines of "Do you ever shoot weddings?" or "Have you ever shot any weddings?". The easy answer is yes, of course I shoot weddings. What I don't typically do is go out marketing for or searching down weddings to shoot. Like anything in photography now days, the markets are over saturated and you have everyone with a camera offering their services at many prices from super high to "why would I leave the house fore that" cheap. I am in a good position where I have a 9-5 job and do not need to seek out every crumb I can get in order to get by, which means not trying to undercut people and turning something I love into a job I hate. On one hand I wouldn't want to set my pricing at such a rate that I am working for less than minimum wage at the end of the day, and on the other I also would not want to be driving prices so low that the many amazing photographers out there are having to devalue themselves to get work in a society that values a low price over quality of work. That said I have been lucky enough to be asked to work on several weddings and do my best to capture everything the Bride and Groom hope for.
Each photographer has different things that excited them and get them really motivated when shooting weddings. Some like the who thing, while others like shooting bits and pieces such as the first kiss, first dance, family shots, ceremony or venue. Myself, I love the creative side of shooting the Bride and Groom portraits. I love getting to get creative with the lighting and the poses. I love to try and find things that are unique to the couple to include in the shot. I am not a fan of getting the 50 photos of everyone on the dance floor to put on a disc. I am excited to go for that one shot that they want to display over their fireplace or as a center piece of their living room. Now don't get me wrong, I still make sure to get those shots of everyone enjoying themselves, the casual way people hang around and have conversations, and even the family shots. But to me those are shots anyone proficient with a camera could capture, for me its the love between the Bride and Groom that is my go to capture points.
With all that said, enjoy some of my favorite shots from weddings past that I like to think showcase what I love to capture when being honored with shooting that special day for a couple!