This month in northern California, the roses are out in full force. I’m feeling inspired every time I glance over at the pots of blooms all over our little house.
It’s more difficult to use garden flowers in wedding arrangements because they’re unpredictable. They’re all different sizes and shades of lovely, and they open up seemingly by whim. Their life rhythms are adjustable based on weather patterns, and an untimely gust of wind might take out an entire crop.
It’s exactly these factors that make garden roses absolutely delightful. Something about the imperfections make them more desirable.
And… oh, the fragrance!
I’ve had a rough couple of weeks trying to keep my head above the water with all the cute familes and multiple portrait sessions for the holidays. I’m currently pulling an all-nighter until I get some photos up for Thomas and Kristin, my delightful final Boston wedding.
Glancing at email just now, I noticed a thoughtfully-written inquiry for a 2010 wedding. The mother of the bride wrote to me to ask about my availability and consideration. It’s obvious this woman grew up in a pen and ink culture. I want to share a small part of her message, because this made my week feel special.
“I have recently viewed your website gallery and admire your work very much…
“I referred my daughter to [a recent couple]’s gallery and she was equally impressed. We’re very attracted to your style as it is not contrived but is very honest. You are able to capture the beauty and joy in your couples and their families. My daughter is planning a wedding for September 2010. We are interested in securing you as the photographer for her wedding.
“Thank you for the courtesy of considering our offer. I look forward to hearing from you.”
There is much more to her message, but this snippet is the perfect reminder that good photography is real and honest and beautiful because it is true. It can be soul-draining as a photographer to receive email after email from price shopping brides and others who are not looking so much at the quality of work as the quantity in a package. If I had five dollars for every time I was questioned about the pricing of my work, a carefully considered cost, I could probably retire wealthy next year.
Thank you so much to those of you who take the time and effort to share a bit of your heart and breathe words of life back to the artist.
I’m busy doing final projects before headed out the door for Bulgaria, but this article made me stop, look, gasp, and nod. It’s the most on-point, grounded, and well-written article I have read on the topic…. and the photographers the author shadows (John and Joseph) are literally the photographers whose work I most admire.
By Cody Ellerd
source: Seattle Bride Magazine
Please pass along this article to any couples you know who are thinking through their options in regard to budget, photography, and their wedding.
Also, related: here’s a blog post I wrote awhile ago about experience and wedding photography. [ Is Experience Necessary? ]
I love watching the work of my wedding photographer friends around the world.
Are you ready for this? OC photographer Sarah K Chen first posted about these shoes and inspired Serena Grace to get some for her own wedding (as photographed by Mark Brooke above). They come in cream and red and some other crazy colors and I really can’t wait until one of my hot little brides wears them for a bridal, boudoir, or engagement session. You can get them from Endless and some colors are now on sale! Luichiny shoes are wonderful.