What does it take to be The Best Wedding Photographer you can be?
One of my first weddings and all time fav photos, taken with a fully manual Canon AE-1 Film Camera, and 35MM lens.
When I started shooting weddings back in the early days, (I’m afraid to admit how long ago!) Lets just say digital photography was just in it’s infancy. I was fresh out of photography school, broke and a huge student loan to pay. I had to make do with a basic, fully manual camera, my trusty Canon AE-1 and my go to lens 35MM/2.8. I remember thinking how much I wish I could afford to buy those big impressive zoom lenses and auto focus cameras the seasoned pros were using, maybe only then I could become best wedding photographer I could be.
Well after a few years digital photography started to emerge and I was enthralled with the new technology, and at that time was just starting to make a decent living with my wedding photography. So I bit the bullet spending a small fortune on my first digital camera system, a Canon D30. When I think how bad the resolution was it is laughable that I spent so much money. Looking back now, I still think some of my best work was done with that basic manual film equipment, it worked well, and never failed me.
Fast forward to today, I feel a strong pull back to those simple times, Less is more philosophy. So whenever I get asked by newbies about my camera gear, I tend to roll my eyes and take a deep breath. Here we go again! Why is there the perceived notion that having the best equipment is essential to being the best wedding photographer you can be? Do you go to a fine restaurant and ask the chef “what kind of oven do you use to make such tasty food?” Of course not! Instead of focusing on your equipment, think about the elements of a good photograph; good lighting, good composition, and most importantly having passion for what your do! Think about the message you want to present when someone views your images. Instead of spending all your hard earned cash on the latest, fasted, highest megapixel camera. Put some money towards your education! Enroll in a photography course, take a weekend workshop, educate yourself on how to be a better photographer. Having good equipment, fast lenses, is certainly nice if you can afford it, but let me tell you, a good photographer should be able to take an iphone camera and take a better picture than your uncle Joe with his impressively massive lens!
I’m looking forward to a return to those simpler days, new technology, faster, smaller, lighter cameras certainly make it possible today. It also makes it very simple for anyone to get into this field of wedding photography. However having a unique vision, a bit of talent, passion, and some technical knowledge may not be as simple, and in my opinion these are the elements that make it possible for you to be the best wedding photographer you can be! Not the size of your toys!
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and Happy Shooting!