I finally decided to hit the wedding expo in either 2010 or 2011. I went there with my friend Jill with a little stool, and a bunch of brochures to pass out. The owner of the bridal expo felt so bad for us that they gave us a real table the next day. I felt completely naked compared to the other photographers with flashy screens, gorgeous backdrops, and high tech marketing to bring in the highest paying brides and grooms. Actually, it turned out to be the best idea to go, because I was able to take on a couple of new clients. My policy since then is that no bride and groom should go broke to have wedding photos for their special day. It also turns out that I made friends along the way.
Charisse and Victor commissioned me to photograph their engagement shoot, their wedding, along with their newborn baby shoot. They’re the first real clients that I had. The tension mounted for me when I realized that I was expected to be a professional, and not just an amateur. I had contracts signed and shot lists prepared. All of the sudden it wasn’t just the bride and groom in the limelight, but also yours truly.
The wedding was held at a small chapel and intimate setting on the beach. I was finally ready to start photographing the real deal. While I was certainly terrified, I was also excited to finally prove to myself that I could do this. I could finally become what I always wanted to be…a photographer. It wasn’t National Geographic. It was better. I was making memories for young couples ready to take the leap into a new life with each other.
Charisse has a sparkle in her eye that shines through the camera. While she was nervous she photographed beautifully. Her radiance from her pregnancy also penetrated the lens which made the day even easier to capture. When all was said and done with the photos edited, I felt proud of the work that I had done. While some photos still didn’t come out the way that I wanted to, I knew that I had broken some new ground. I had finally arrived. I was a photographer.