10 odd things from 10 years as a Rochester Wedding Photographer

So, many of you know that 2012 marks my 10th year as a Rochester Wedding Photographer. It was a long and winding journey to complete and total self employment (finally quit my day job in 2007). I really can’t believe that it has already been ten years! My prediction was that I would be bored after three. Nope!

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Upon reflection, here are the top 10 random, non-photography related tasks I never realized were a huge part of my job:

10 years as a Rochester Wedding Photographer: 10 odd things I do

  1. Bustling or repairing the wedding dress
  2. Properly installing the Groomsmen’s boutonnieres so they stay ALL day
  3. Fixing the Bride or Bridesmaid’s hair after a salon malfunction
  4. Mediator between family members or the Bride and location Coordinator
  5. Therapist (so much family drama!)
  6. Day-of Wedding Coordinator (I regularly get stuck que-ing the band or Bridesmaids during the wedding ceremony)
  7. Graphic Designer
  8. Marketing Guru
  9. Marketing department for other wedding professionals
  10. Accountant

10 years as a Rochester Wedding Photographer: 10 odd things learned

During one of the recent Rochester weddings that I photographed, a guest said that I have the best job in the world. I agreed, but we also got chatting about how little of my job actually involves photographing. He was shocked that maybe 10% of the time is actually capturing images. I half-joked that maybe if I could spend at least 50% of the time actually being a Photographer, I’d be a much better Photographer!

This is one reason that I invest in national photography conventions, photography organizations and studied to pass the Certified Professional Photographer requirements. It is a way for me to focus solely on my craft.

There is always room for improvement and I’m currently working on getting back to the fearlessness I had in the beginning of my career. When I would cross the alter to get the best shot of a unity candle or take a chance on a great image by being behind the action…

10 years as a Rochester Wedding Photographer: 10 odd things learned

10 years as a Rochester Wedding Photographer: 10 odd things learned

When you hired your wedding photographer, what tasks did you expect? Did they do anything unexpected that made your day (or ruined it)? I’d love to hear your wedding photographer stories….