I actually never imagined, intended or sought out to do wedding photography or knew a destination wedding photographer actually existed as a career. It truly found me and I’m really happy about that.
Cubicle life at The Gap meant everyone knows almost everything about you, so it was well known that I loved photography and had been doing it since I was young but never trained in it or studied it. A cubicle mate said her friend was getting married and needed a photographer but that photography wasn’t important to her.
The thoughts came screaming into my mind… “Oh my, really you want me? They must be nuts. How can it not be important? Isn’t this the most important day in your life? Weddings are fun. I might like it. If I screw up then at least it wasn’t important. Well, if it isn’t important then I’ll give it a try!”
Yes, it went like that and I was scared out of my mind because I quickly realized it was important to ME and how I can’t do anything half-assed.
I was a nervous wreck that day and when it was over I was just completely relieved. I took the images that I had developed and printed myself and I was barely able to speak with my hands shaking and my stomach in complete knots. I didn’t want them to be disappointed and the fear they may be was truly terrifying. But my voice quickly came back.
The clients loved them. I could breathe again.
I then realized as I walked out of their home that I actually liked doing it. What wasn’t to like? I got to take photographs, everyone was nice, happy and having fun and they fed me and forced me to drink champagne with them. What isn’t to like! Now, while they truly loved the images, I honestly think I completely sucked. Really, what did I know going in? I was guessing and making it up as I went along. However, I was hooked now and wanted to do more.
I couldn’t be the old school wedding photographer with the Hasselblad and lighting gear but I could be the simple, unobtrusive and natural photographer of people who, like me, want things simple, natural, real and unaffected and to be able to relive the day as the story unfolded.
These people would become my clients and they are still to this day. I’m thankful to every one of them for the opportunity to share such an important and intimate day and know that what I do will be the one thing that lives on for generations to come. I will always be thankful to that couple for trusting me and frankly being so easy.
I’ve also gotten a whole lot better although, the nerves still come. I find this keeps me on my toes though and comes from the place of never wanting to disappoint and to do a great job. It’s been a long road and I have no intention of stopping. This is what I was meant to do and must do. I have no other option but being a photographer. Heart, blood and soul just remind me to do my best, be present and I love nothing more thank waking every day to something new.
So why hire me instead of the person who brings two photographers, provides an album and 10 hours of coverage for $2000? Because I have been here for 10+ years full time and I will be here another 10+ years from now. I am a business woman and a photographer. Not someone with a camera looking to make extra money.
This is my life and my livelihood. I bring about $40,000 worth of equipment to your wedding; I have insurance and pays dues and fees like any other business. Education is hugely important and never stops. I work in my community to keep it strong. Reputation is everything.
Lucky me just gets to work from home and make some photographs along the way.
You hire me because I’m a professional who’s heart and soul and livelihood is photography and only photography today and tomorrow and all the days after that.
San Francisco based but “Have camera, will travel” anywhere in the world!