On February 26, 2017 my son Tommy and I once again were hired to photograph another lovely couple at the Edison Country Club. This historic club is a public course with an added restaurant and a lovely banquet room. The wedding was performed indoors and it was interesting to see how the room was transformed from reception hall to ceremony space and back again.
The décor was beautiful glass with blue & silver accents and a white runner aisle for the bride to walk down.
As her father walked her down the aisle, you could see his emotion welling up within him. He was giving away his baby girl. It’s always beautiful to see the sweet relationship between the bride and her father. You could see how proud he was of her.
As dad passed off his daughter to the eager awaiting groom the ceremony commenced and soon they were pronounced husband and wife.
After signing the license, the couple took to the outdoors so we could get the iconic Edison in the background of their portrait shots.
We didn’t have the usual Florida sunset on this particular evening, however we had some beautiful gold light, and the wedding party still had a great time.
I have been seriously at this photography thing for several years now, and decided I needed to come up with a mission statement of what I am about and what I want to provide to clients. It took me several months to think about it and to actually put pen to paper and to develop it exactly how I feel; finally I wrote it out; so here it is:
“I aspire through my photography to empower my clients to look and feel incredible, to create beautiful images, and to build lasting relationships with those who step in front of my camera.”
I feel this statement really epitomizes who I am as a human and what I want to portray as a photographer. I realize I will not get every client who inquires about my services and I’m ok with that, because it only means they were not the client for me. My style is easy going, yet in control of my environment and can handle the most stressful of situations. I know how to make people feel comfortable around me and in doing so I get the responses I’m looking for through my lens. My belief is you reap what you sow and if you are comfortable, your client(s) will be as well.
You have to genuinely love people and they have to feel this about you to be completely comfortable. I see beauty in each of my clients (male & female) and I get so excited when I know I have taken beautiful images.
I’ve seen photographers take on projects they should have never jumped into, because either they have not developed enough skills or the right attitude or they simply are not aware of what it takes to provide great customer service to the client. I have actually seen client bashing and that is unacceptable to me. My clients are incredible and I love each and every one of them. I treat them with respect and give them more than they expected. I know what it takes to be in front of a camera, it’s not easy because you expose your entire self to the world. The photographer’s job is to capture the beauty that is truly you. Be it bride, groom, families, or individual portrait; male or female.
To those I have had the privilege of photographing, thank you and to those who have yet stepped before my camera, I look forward to meeting you and thank you for trusting me enough to show the world your beauty.