Sometimes, after an 11 hour wedding day, I think I'm crazy. I'm usually sore in all the places, my brain is completely numb, and I really want In & Out (don't tell the hubby I occasionally go without him...). But my heart is ridiculously full because I just photographed the entire wedding day of two people that love the heck out of each other. Somehow, I earned the right to attend one of the greatest days of their lives and they want my visual interpretation of it. Whoa.
When I started photographing weddings, it felt odd to create pricing packages. A six hour package, an eight hour one, etc. From a business perspective, I 100% get it. And I certainly can't knock an industry for providing multiple options for a client. Even from a couple's perspective, I understand. You might only want the big things covered. The ceremony, reception, grand exit. But what I realized, is that there is a group of people out there that equally value the nuances of daily life that make it oh-so incredible and thus, they want it memorialized on their wedding day, too.
So I decided I would only offer full day wedding coverage from day one. Only the full story. I really want my couples to make only one decision about their wedding photography: that they want me to photograph it. Once that decision is made, I've got you covered.
Is it the smartest thing to do from a business perspective? Probably not. Every wedding is different so the amount of time I spend at each one fluctuates at my own cost and level of exhaustion. But I'm more than okay with that if it means I'm doing justice to someone's first day of marriage. Truly. In my heart of hearts, I just don't know how I could photograph it any other way.
Once upon a time, I never thought I would photograph weddings. Like, never. I had a vision of what I thought it'd be like and I didn't want to be part of it. And then I photographed my first one as a way to challenge myself and apply the skills learned to my other realms of work. And I was floored. Done. Game over. This is what I had to photograph on a regular basis. But I had to do it right. I had to pour my little heart into it and work with couples that felt the same way about creating art on their wedding day, not just checking off another vendor on their wedding planning to-do list.
So this is for them. It's that option for the couples that don't need an option because all they really want is to flip through their wedding album from start to finish and feel complete.