Why I Love To Photograph Weddings

Ever since my organic leap into the world of professional photography, I have sampled many genres in the art; portraitures, events, nature, landscapes, fine art, architectural and even food and product photography. All have become special to me in one way or another, but one in particular captures my heart and love. That one is wedding photography.

The Wedding of Christina & Kevin – 2011 (Shot with Team Photoshop)

Wondering why? Well so did I when I realized the specific affinity was a reality. Well, let me shed some light.

Firstly, I’m a sucker for story telling and nothing is more captivating than a love story. Some people will argue that some good old drama is more captivating, although you do find some drama at weddings…but that’s for another post. From the first meeting to the engagement, special moments and the wedding, the love story grows everyday.

My first consultation with the bride and groom is most important to me. Although we talk business, pass a few jokes around here and there while getting to know each other, my main goal at that meeting is to learn about their connection and to find that spark in their love story. As a professional photographer, I cannot tell the story of their love, if I have no idea about who they are and what their union means to them. That would be like putting every bride and groom into a box, shaking it up, then handing them a photo album of their wedding showing their love story the way I think it should be. This first meeting is a joy, although it presents a challenge for me to use my knowledge, skills and experience to really capture the true meaning of their love for each other in photographic memories. I like that challenge!

Wedding Decor – Kesha & Clifford’s Wedding – 2012

On the day of the wedding, that’s when I get really excited and nervous at the same time. Why excited? I finally get to do what I love while making the bride and groom happy. Why nervous? The concern that I can fail always presents itself, although not very strong. Also there is the pressure that the couple is depending on me capture this very special day that will only happen once; there are no do-overs.

It’s very fun moving around the ceremony, reception, dressing and bridals, capturing the candid moments of laughter or joyful tears, each time thinking to myself, “Wow, the bride and groom would never see this happening except for in their wedding photos”. It’s fun mingling with the children and making them smile, or getting the groomsmen in their best GQ poses. I get the sense that I am part of the wedding experience for the bride and groom and their guests, and I take that so seriously. It’s an honor really.

The Wedding of Thelma & Nano – 2013

I find, though, that wedding photography is not just about the photography. The bride and groom’s happiness comes first, then the photography comes after. There have been weddings where I realized that something was going wrong, that an important function at the wedding was not manned by anyone. One glance at the bride or groom and it was immediately clear that they were growing concerns about this unmanned function. Because of this growing problem, genuine looks of happiness would be hard to get from the couple. What do I do? I man that unmanned function myself. Yep! I have been the DJ at weddings, the bridesmaid, the decorator, the gardener (this is a funny story for a whole different post lol), the MC, the organizer, you name it! People have asked me why I would do those things when I wasn’t paid to do them. My response as always is that the bride and groom have paid me to capture beautiful memories for them. If they are unhappy about what is happening or not happening around them, I will not be able to capture any beautiful memories, which I pride myself in doing. So I love being versatile! It certainly helps to get the perfect story captured.

When it’s all said and done, and I sit in front of my computer reviewing the wedding photos and molding the story, I again feel joy. I tell people that I care as much about their photos and memories as they do, believe it or not. I cherish those photos. I cherish those memories and I embody them. I try to envision how the bride and groom will react when they see each photos. I try to estimate the emotions they may go through when they hear the song I have chosen to create their picture slideshow. I love details and the couples appreciate it.

The Wedding of Jessica and Marlon – 2014

At the end of it all, when I deliver the custom designed and printed DVD or picture slideshow or wedding album, I feel like I’m giving away a part of me, an original work of art, my precious baby.

So why do I love to photograph weddings? Because I love capturing, creating and telling love stories, I love the challenge, I love making couples happy by presenting them with something tangible from their wedding day that they can enjoy for their entire lifetime, I love being a part of the experience of their unique story and I love happiness and love in general. Yep, I’m a sucker for love stories.

The Wedding of Tekeisha and Danny – 2015

The photos you see above are from a few of the weddings that I have done over the years; I have added one from each year for the last five years. From my humble beginning of second-shooting with some of the greats in Virgin Islands photography, to where I am today, as a full fledge and independent photography business.

Maybe your wedding will be the next one that I capture with my growing team of professionals. Just know that I care about your story and your memories. They will certainly be safe with me and my camera 🙂

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Thank you for being a part of my Journey In Photography!

Until next time.

Dame Peters
Dame Peters Photography
http://www.damepeters.com

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Forget the Bride & Groom, We Want Food!

I haven’t blogged in a while and now I’ve come on here to vent 🙂 or express myself, rather.

Last weekend my team and I were photographing a very lovely wedding; a young couple tied the knot and started their life-long journey of love and togetherness. We spent time with them from the dressing and make-up stage in the morning, straight to the reception during that same night. So many smiling faces and many jokes to be heard; and even the occasional tears of joy from the mother of the groom.

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This photo is not related to this story – just one of my bridal photos that I like 🙂 designed to soften the rage of my rant lol – from Sandra & Francisco’s Wedding 2015

Well, after the ceremony, we whisked the bridal party to a remote location for the formal photo shoot, so that the videographers and the photographers (us) can be creative and create some very special and unique photo and video memories.

Unfortunately, the ceremony ran a bit late, so the photo shoot started late. This means that the reception would also start late.

Nevertheless, we had a wonderful formal photo shoot and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the videographer, who was very positive, creative and energetic. Although I took very ill halfway through the wedding, we still did work together to create magical memories for the bride and groom.

Upon arriving at the reception location and after being wowed by the beautiful decor and setup, I started working my way around the room, photographing the decor and guests.

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I’m stopped immediately by the 5th guest to be photographed, who refused me taking her photo. I’ve been doing this for many years and always respect people’s wish not to be photographed. They always have their reason. However, 9 out of 10 times, I can convince them (with a joke or kind words) to allow me to take their photo. This lady was having none of that! She was the 1 out of 10, but her reason took me for a loop and a spin and a flip upside down and back.

d24de101b20a9b4a130e61e44b7737f5She boldly told me, “Yo keep the people dem tekin’ photos so long and people here hungry! I don wan no picture! I wan food! Ayo didn’ have to be there so long tekin picture and people here hungry! Where allyo gone tekin picture fah when people here wan to eat! I don wan no picture! I wan food”.

Well….my….peace!

Well, my photography contract that my client signed states that I will ALWAYS be professional and courteous while at their event (well it says that because I always am 🙂 it’s true lol). So I kindly responded, “Sorry you had to wait, but I’m sure they will be serving food soon”, and then moved on to photograph the next guest. I wonder if she saw the imaginary devil-red bloodshot that appeared in my eyes or the imaginary steam that flowed out my ears?

What I really wanted to say to her was, “Are you kidding me right now? I thought you were here to celebrate this special day with the bride and groom. This isn’t a family dinner, this is a wedding! They asked you to come to witness their lifetime commitment and you prefer that they miss their photo shoot so that you can eat the food that you are not even paying for? They can’t just do it again tomorrow. I’m glad you asked me not to take your photo, because the bride and groom do not need selfish bad-minded self-absorbed people like you in their wedding photos collection or album”.

Well, I didn’t say any of that although I was thinking it. I was already literally falling over from being sick and then had to deal with this nonsense. Another guy heard the lady from his table and made the same comment to me when I went to photograph him, but he said it jokingly as if to tease me about it.

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This photo is also not related to this story – it’s just another of my bridal photos that I like and still using to soften the rage of my rant lol – Sandra & Francisco’s Wedding 2015

I feel so strongly about this, that the people invited to a wedding need to fully understand their purpose there. Firstly, it should be an honor and a privilege that this couple and their family cherish their relationship with you enough to request your presence during such a special, private and intimate ritual. It’s not the other way around. You are a witness and part of the support team for this young couple’s vow to each other. This is a once in a lifetime event for them. Why must some people behave as though they think the couple is privileged to have them at their wedding? If you don’t care to support them and have the day be all about them, then stay home and eat a bowl of cereal. Nobody will miss you.

Anyway, I’m thankful that this person’s comment and disrespect was voiced to me only and not to the bride and groom or their family. However, despite this rude disruption of my equilibrium, and my illness, it was such a beautiful and memorable wedding.

So now that I have finished venting, do have a wonderful New Years Eve. Have fun, party healthy and safe and ring in the new year in a positive and uplifting manner.

Until next time.

Dame Peters
Dame Peters Photography
http://www.damepeters.com

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