“Fancy” might be the word mostly used when described our profession, wedding photographers. It might be true to certain extent. However, there are many aspects to be considered in this profession. There are sacrifices, learning process, strong will, a very good stamina (for a long coverage wedding); and that is just to name a few. Most things that looked easy are not actually easy in reality. Being a wedding photographer is one of those things. We hold a lot of responsibilities towards our clients.
A good wedding photographer also needs to have an extra clear and calm state of mind, be very careful with our acts and words around the clients, have a proper skill, have a fast decision-making process, have a good photography knowledge, have a wedding sequence knowledge, also good at observing and anticipating the situation. A lot of things happened and happened fast at a wedding. Sometimes things that are out of our wildest predictions. Also mistakes sometimes are unavoidable. A lot of agencies, especially the new ones, often underestimated the wedding industry and its character. Knowing the basics of photography and/or videography alone does not make you able to capture moments at weddings. More often than not, these new agencies will get complaints from the clients. If you wonder why, the answer is simply because they failed to deliver happiness. The wedding is one of the happiest days of their lives. Hopefully the only wedding they will have, so everything has to be perfect. Clients wanted to have their exact moments to be documented and they can bring back the memories whenever they see the pictures or videos; and they probably want to pass them on to generations. Also moments at weddings cannot be repeated. Imagine what happens when photographers miss those important moments.
A broad knowledge of photography is a must (obviously), as important as thinking fast and making a good decision in a very short time. Changes of situation at an event is a common thing, sometimes changes come so fast or too fast. You need to always keep up with the situation. Changes on the rundown of event, or weather, or lighting can happen at a very last minute.
Also remember, at weddings we deal with a lot of people with different characters, and emotions are running high. Miss communications can happen. Our priorities are the brides and the grooms. Even both of them have different ways to channel their emotions. Some of them are very easygoing and communicative, the others can be very tense. We need to set our mood at its best, suppress our ego, get the positive energy flowing, so that we can capture the best of every moment at the wedding.
The other thing you need to pay attention to as a wedding photographer is stamina. There will be a lot of heavy lifting (those equipment are not light), a lot of long walk (some wedding venues are huge), a lot of running around, sometimes with a very little time to catch a breath (or not at all). That is why it is very important to keep a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our job is not exactly an 8-hour kind, so we need to know how to balance between work and play.
Our goal is only one: to make each and every one of our clients happy. Nothing more satisfactory than to see the smile and happy tears on their faces when they are looking back at the pictures and videos of their weddings. All of the hard work paid off. Mission accomplished.