The Wedding Photographer Stereotype

When people think of a wedding photographer what usually jumps to mind is a grumpy middle aged man, who is barking orders at your Nana and wearing lots of black. It makes me so upset that the profession I enjoy so much has such a bad reputation. That often the public holds the belief that we only become wedding photographers because we aren’t good enough to be ‘real photographers’. Unfortunately peoples ideas have been shaped by bad wedding photographers, photographers who would be better suited to another profession….say a mortician, something that doesn’t require a lot of human contact. These photographers have forgotten that the experience of the wedding day is more important than having hot photos. That if you’re a big jerk and make everyone feel crappy, your photos won’t bring up happy memories no matter how good they are.

I love being a wedding photographer and I’m always so privileged to play a huge role on such an important day of peoples lives. Sometimes photographers forget we have the ability to make a couples day amazing or terrible, all by how we choose to behave. Remember a wedding is a once a week occurrence for us, but it’s our couple’s once in a lifetime commitment. Yes, this sounds corny…but it’s true. If photographers thought little more about the people they were working for rather than just getting the job done, maybe then our industry would have a better reputation.

As for being a ‘real photographer’ people who say that are just ignorant and obviously haven’t seen all the amazing wedding photographers out there today. I’m constantly amazed by the beautiful work that my fellow wedding photographers are creating!

I’m going to share more of Josh and Jessana’s wedding with you next week.

3 Comments

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Melaniereply
February 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM

After studying photography now at a university for about 3 years I came to the conclusion that I want to be a portrait and wedding photographer. I want to take pictures for normal people and to be able to create wonderful memories for them.

Everybody in school laughs at me and thinks I’m nuts. They act as if being a wedding photography is the lowest of lowest thing to do…

I hate that…and I sadly have to admit that very often I am doubting my decision…thinking that maybe I should focus on something else.

It really makes me angry that certain photographers think they are superiour….

where did that attitude come from anyway….it’s just down right stupid.

Amandareply
February 09, 2012 at 11:02 AM
– In reply to: Melanie

As long as you love what you do…that’s what matters. Kids from school will disappear eventually and what you’ll be left with is your career, hopefully one that you love!

Melaniereply
February 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Thanks! 🙂
It’s just hard hearing stuff like that ALL THE TIME. Not just from the fellow students but also from Professors etc.

They act as if, if your not for fashion, editorial or a big time war photographer, then you basically suck. Can’t stand that.

Good to hear different from somebody once in a while 🙂

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