I keep hearing these stories, and they're all very similar. And because of the disappointment in the face of the person telling me, it makes me sad. I don't want it to happen to you, so I'm going to tell you what everyone keeps telling me. They hear that I am a photographer, and they tell me their regrets. I have had so many girls tell me lately "I am so sad that I didn't get a better photographer for my wedding." or "We decided to save money, so we let my cousin/uncle/friend who has a nice camera take our pictures. They didn't really turn out." or "I wish I could have a wedding re-do to get better photos." I even had one wonderful mother of a beautiful toddler tell me "Do you know what I regret more than anything? I regret not getting newborn photos of my little one. She grew so fast, and I can hardly remember that time in our lives." Sad huh?
I'm not telling you all of this to be a Debbie Downer, or to sell you my photography. I am telling you because as you can see, memories are absolutely priceless! And the best way to capture them to remember them forever is through photos. These moments in our life are so fleeting. Poof! They're gone. People in the grocery store will stop me and say "Cherish that cute little one you have cause she'll be off to college before you know it!" They're right. I also have heard many stories where a family goes to get family photos, and something tragic happens to a member of that family. I have heard so many people tell me when they hear that I do photography "It is an important work that you do. You never know if that will be the last photo taken of that family/individual." Whether you choose me, or someone else talented that suits you, it is so worth it to preserve your memories. It is an investment in your family history that you will not regret. I don't mean to be morbid, or a downer, I just love ya so much, I don't want it to happen to you.
I read this on skip cohen's (skipsphotonetwork.com) blog today. I think it's somewhat relative to my post so I thought I'd share.
Leslie Milk in her book, It’s Her Wedding But I’ll Cry If I Want To wrote…
“Here’s the most important thing you need to know about wedding pictures: Book the best photographer you can afford as soon as you set the date. The wedding music will fade, the flowers will die, and you won’t even remember if you ate, let alone what you ate, at the reception. But the wedding pictures last forever.”
She went on to say…”Now that every Dick and Jane seems to have a digital camera, it is easy to underestimate the importance of having a professional photographer. Sure, anybody can take wedding pictures. If they shoot enough of them, there are bound to be a few good ones. But only a pro can light pictures to make everyone look good.”