Why did I become a wedding photographer?
Updated: Apr 17, 2019
I want to share some thoughts about photography and how it became my passion in life.
How photography chose me...
People often ask me why I chose to become a photographer. The truth is, photography chose me. I didn't set out to be the next Ansel Adams or Peter David. It was a love I found serendipitously. My friend and business partner, Mark Levander, is an amazing sports photographer and one day he dropped a camera in my hand. Artistically, in the beginning, it was simple. Put the camera in some sort of auto mode, frame the shot and click! I've always had an eye for layout and design so framing good shots wasn't hard. Then the came the technical aspect of photography, knowing the camera settings, learning how flash works etc. and that's where the education, learning and investment in becoming a professional began.
What I love about wedding photography.
I remember the morning of my first wedding as a photographer in Greensburg, PA. It was the same feeling I got as a coach on game day...nervous and maybe even a bit terrified. You know the team is ready, and there's going to be a great event but you don't control any of the players. I kept telling myself, just try to compartmentalize the day and be in the right place to manage those critical situations. By the end of the night, I was hooked!
The adrenaline rush and excitement of capturing Jeff & Ally's wedding day was like nothing I ever felt or imagined before. It was at then I knew exactly what I want to do with my life.
So at the moment, I made a commitment to invest in education, equipment, tools and anything else that was necessary to become the best wedding photographer I could be. People often ask what I like most about photography. Yes, it's producing high quality portraits and images but it's more about the experiences and relationships with my clients and their families. I love people and I love what I do!
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