I actually get asked this question a lot. People often feel like weddings are where the money is. Or I must hate doing weddings. They're so long. They're such a hassle. Bridezilla is a THING. The list goes on and on depending on the experiences each person has had at different weddings.
I know plenty of fellow photographers that make a good living (lets even say some serious bank) on family portraits or product photography. You can be a wedding photographer and NOT make money. So money really doesn't factor in.
Weddings are physically challenging. There's no getting around that. I will sometimes be shooting for 10 hours straight, high energy, and you'll find me at the end of the night in a corner stuffing cake in my face because I haven't eaten all day. That totally happens. But how many other physically demanding jobs are out there? That people still do all the time?
The simple answer is because I love it. I truly do. I love the joy. I love the high energy. I love that this is commitment. I love that this is a frozen moment in time--in the life of a couple. I love that my photos will be what helps them remember their love story later. I love that it's a love story. That's it. Plain and simple.
And as for the bridezillas? I have THE BEST clients EVER. I'm serious. I choose my clients. I choose who I want to work with and they choose me. We jive. We jam. We connect. We bust out dance moves. Sure, there are emotional moments during a wedding. It's a highly emotional event. But part of my job is to be there and to help things run smoothly.
That's why I photograph weddings. It's all about the love.
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