Cameron & Emma were married at their local Parish in Greenwood with their reception at one of my favourite venues in Perth… the Cabaret Cave up in Yanchep. I absolutely love shooting in those caves because it’s so different to anything else in Perth and is so suited to my style of photography. Cameron actually teaches photography and media and because of that it was important to have good photography for their wedding. It’s always a huge compliment when someone who understands photography hires me, but it also means that the pressure is on so there’s no rest from the morning right through to the end of the night.
This wedding was my last of the season before the winter break and marks a huge milestone in my professional career as a photographer. At the end of the night I was reflecting on the season and totalling up some numbers from the time I started my business back in 2011. I realised that their wedding was my 100th commissioned wedding which means I’ve had the pleasure of meeting 100 brides and 100 grooms, all whom trust me with their memories and allow me to do what I love as a career.
I’ve spent a lot of time this winter pondering my journey thus far as well as the wedding photography industry in general. There is a lot of sentiment out there which says that the appreciation of photography is dying and the value of it to consumers is diminishing with the availability of cheaper cameras and the instant gratification of mobile photography. I think to some extent this is true and that can’t be avoided so it’s going to be an increasingly competitive marketplace but during my break I’ve also spent a lot of time learning and practicing for the new season and especially looking for wisdom from sources outside of the wedding industry. One of my favourite Magnum photographers is Constantine Manos and during a workshop he said (paraphrased):
“How many photographers could walk by here and take the same picture? Show us a picture only you can take … give us a surprise.”
So as I was choosing my favourite images from this wedding for my blog, that quote was ringing through my head… in fact it has been ringing through my head this entire winter. At every wedding there are thousands of possibilities for images and at the end of the wedding we deliver hundreds and hundreds of photos. We photograph everything… all the events, the details and the people. My clients will get it all and whilst I could show all of that here, I don’t because I want to show what it FELT like to be there. That’s what I believe will matter to you many years on.
So even with growing technology and social media flooding us with images, I think there will always be a flourishing market for beautiful photography. In the past, photographers were hired to take photos at a wedding… they had the best gear to produce the best photos but now you’ve got an endless sea of cameras and iDevices that are there to take photos (and good ones too). So why hire photographers?
We’re hired for the pictures only we can take.
Unique, creative and emotive memories that no other person present on the day could take.
So here are my favourite images of one of the fondest days in Cameron & Emma’s lives.