My first ever wedding was in 2007. I hit my stride in 2012 when I brought on Sadie, and together we peaked in 2014. In 2016 we moved out of state, a move that signaled a time for change.
Weddings are one of those things that every aspiring photographer dabbles in. Whether you’re considering it your main gig or a supplementary income, they’re hard to avoid. My first ever wedding (conveniently omitted from this post) was a springboard for a decade-long career. This year I photographed my final wedding with my wife, Sadie.
I don’t know if I will ever go back to shooting weddings.
It’s hard for me to commit to something like that. There is a lot of things about weddings I’ll miss. For one, I feel like it’s the one thing I have ever photographed that made a difference. Call me a bleeding heart, but I know those images documented a moment in so many lives that will live on forever. I’ll also miss the receptions, and smiles, and laughter. Even on our last wedding, I couldn’t help but feel something special standing on the side of the dance floor trying my hardest to make a cool photo.
Below I collected a single photo from many of the weddings I’ve shot. Some are missing because they’re lost, or some out of respect for the couple, or some for other more personal reasons. At the end of the day, this is a collection of photos for me. Since I’m not looking for more wedding work, I was able to pick photos for my own reasons. If your wedding is below, and you’re confused by the photo I picked, read on.
Every wedding I ever shot became a part of me. I was covering your stories, but I was doing it for selfish reasons too. They meant something to me. Every wedding taught me something new. I brought home more than thousands of images from each wedding, I brought home knowledge which I’d use on my next wedding. The images below all indicate something special to me. Maybe a lesson learned, maybe a moment I’ll remember forever, probably both. I could tell you an anecdote about every last one, and for most of them I could probably tell you exactly what was going through my mind when I took the photo.
Here’s to my hiatus.
Here’s to not knowing where the next decade will take us.
Here’s to each and every person who made this life possible.
Here’s to a fraction of a percent of 11 years of my career.