I don’t do weddings. I’ve been bragging about that for years. Tried a few back in the day and, well, it just wasn’t my thing. I admire the heck out of the wedding shooters who do it well. Wedding photography is all about long days and lots of running around and putting on your extrovert to get Uncle Fred and Aunt Beulah to smile for the camera and…it just wasn’t my thing.
So when I received an email with the subject line “Wedding photos?” I almost hit delete immediately. A little voice in the back of my head told me to check it out, though, and when I did I was immediately intrigued. Vanessa began with the word “Hey”. In the few words that followed Vanessa shared with me that she figured because I photographed dogs and she and her fiance Chris were going to include their three dogs in their wedding, that it followed logically that I would be their wedding photographer. I had to admit she made a good argument. But I don’t do weddings. I decided to call her and let her down easy.
By now you’ve figured out what happened. When I spoke with Vanessa a few days later she made it impossible to say no. Her personality and charm were endearing, and the story she shared about how she and Chris met and how it was true love complete with cupid shooting arrows and…I had to say yes.
A few months later I drove down to Ocean City, New Jersey early on a Sunday morning to join Vanessa and Chris and their families and friends for a picture perfect beach wedding. It could not have been more perfect. The weather was beautiful and I could feel the love Vanessa and Chris share. True to the promise, the ceremony was 10 minutes long, after which we spent some time shooting on the beach. I drove home that morning thrilled to have been a part of Vanessa and Chris’ special day, and excited that I captured some beautiful images for them to cherish in their future.
But remember, I don’t do weddings.