Matt Powell comments in his blog his feeling that great wedding photographers are some of the best photographers on the planet. That resonates with me. Wedding photography is a wonderful blend of photojournalism, fine art photography and commercial photography.
First, let me add my support for the Wedding Photographer's Thirst Relief Project in Tanzania. Check it out here.
Are there already too many wedding photographers in the world? I only ask because it is on my mind to explore the possibility of becoming one. It seems like the perfect job. You get to shoot people on one of the most joyous (and dramatic) days of their lives. There is such diversity of people involved from babies to grandparents, from lovers to quarrelers, from business men to musicians. Every face tells a story. There is so much drama and so much beauty.
On the other side, I'm no pollyanna. There's also worrying about your calendar, arguing over payments, tight budgets, disagreeable parents, long car rides, McDonalds, bride-zillas, drunken grooms, Burger King .... well ... you get the picture. How do I know!? I confess. I watch shows like "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Bridezillas". Of course, I do it only to keep my wife company. Otherwise, it would be "Deadliest Catch" or "Top Gear" or "Manly War Stories of Gore and Blown Apart Limbs". Sorry, the last one is just a project idea of mine.
Maybe I'll offer to do a wedding or two for free to decide if I'm cut out for it. That way, the client will have low expectations and I'll get some initial portfolio shots. I'll not steal the business from anyone, though. I'll seek out poor young couples who couldn't otherwise afford any photographer at all. That would be a double blessing.
Even as I write this, I'm searching google for local wedding photographers to see whether this area is saturated. Will I be stepping on toes ... hope not. ;D
Coming soon - Wedding as War: The Photodocumentary Style
Love and peace,