What’s Awesome About Being a Wedding Photographer
1. The Storytelling
You are not just a person with a fancy camera. As a wedding photographer, you are a visual storyteller. And you don’t just tell any story – you tell stories about people’s lives and journeys together. You are responsible for photographing one of the biggest days in people’s lives, and besides that, the trust that people put in you has got to be something you can be thankful for. It’s also something that you should be proud of. Bringing value to people’s lives through your photographs and giving them the chance to relive their special day, even years down the line, is something only you can do. And it’s certainly not an easy job. Giving people memories that they can cherish forever is an incredible gift, so this Thanksgiving, be thankful for your ability to create magical stories.
2. Learning To Work With Difficult Situations + People
As a wedding photographer, you also learn to work in all kinds of places and with all sorts of people. You may sometimes photograph in the most magnificent wedding venues with the most sublime natural and ambient lighting, and sometimes, you might find yourself restricted by the photography rules in churches or documenting a ceremony in a small and dark venue. But even then, you handle it like a pro (literally!).
When it comes to people, you might meet the sweetest and warmest couples, but sometimes, you might meet couples with impractical expectations or demands. Still, you learn how to manage those clients and ensure that they get a wedding photography experience they remember for years to come. Dealing with challenging situations without losing your cool and still giving your clients the best experience? We would say both of these skills are definitely something to be thankful for.
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3. Meeting People From Different Cultures
Yes, your clients are also a reason to be thankful for the job that you have. Sometimes, you might have to handle demanding clients, but sometimes, you might meet the most amazing people – all thanks to your job. We are talking about clients you form personal relationships with, clients who refer you to their families and friends, and clients who return to you for family shoots. Not everyone can say that about their jobs. Moreover, you also get to meet people from different countries and cultures and get a close glimpse of different traditions too. That’s got to count for something, right?
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4. Being A Part-Time Explorer
Your job as a wedding photographer takes you places – quite literally. From tropical paradises to winter wonderlands, photographing your clients’ engagements and weddings takes you to some breathtaking places. And while the prep for traveling with your gear over long distances might not be your favorite part about the job, the final destination is certainly something to be thankful for. Whether it’s photographing at dreamy venues or getting to check off countries from your travel bucket list, there’s something special about having a job that lets you achieve your professional and personal goals at the same time.
5. Being A Creative And A Business Owner
Whether you consider yourself a businessperson first and a creative second or the other way around, the fact is that being a wedding photographer allows you to be both a creative and a business owner. With the right business strategies, you get to hone your creativity and your business skills while also maintaining that much sought-after work-life balance. There are plenty of wedding photographers around the world who’ve been able to strike the right balance using software like HoneyBook, Fundy Designer, Sprout Studio, etc. The key lies in knowing where your time is best spent and focusing on those areas. Plus, as a wedding photographer, you are constantly learning – whether it’s new shooting techniques or marketing and communication strategies – there’s always going to be something you can add to your toolbox. And while we don’t know about you, continuous learning and improvement certainly have their place in the list of things we are thankful for.
Be Thankful For The Journey
These are just five of the many, many reasons why being a wedding photographer is something to be thankful for. We are not saying that all your workdays are going to be filled with sunshine and rainbows, but there will undoubtedly be days when your job makes you feel alive and grateful. Constant learning, meeting new people, making lifelong friendships, learning to work in different conditions, crisis management – there’s so much you gain as you progress through your journey as a wedding photographer. This Thanksgiving and the ones that come after, be thankful for your ability to make an impact on people’s lives and for giving them memorable moments from one of the most important days of their lives.
At ShootDotEdit, we are grateful for wedding photographers and all the magic that you create. We are also passionate about helping you take your wedding photography business to the next level and reducing your post-production workload by taking editing off your plate with our professional photo editing services. To learn more, check out our pricing plans.