I said I wouldn't do it. But I did. I didn't even have plans to even consider it. But I did. I made a choice, even made a public declaration of what I said I wouldn't do. But I did.
A few months ago, after seeing a Facebook post made by another photographer who'd run away from the wedding industry, I too dismissed the notion that I would ever even consider or entertain the fact of one day becoming a wedding photographer. It's hard work. It's stressful. You can run into Bridezillas. Having to get clients to agree on what goes in their album afterwards can be a nightmare. Yes, while all if that may be true, these statements, made with resistance, are nothing but excuses. You cannot be a failure at something you haven't tried enough times to fail at.
I have second shot at two (and a half) weddings, all entirely different experiences (and one may have been the reason I was deterred initially). I was fortunate enough to accompany my friend and fellow photograpHER, Stacey Smith of Smitn Photography at a local wedding in Simpsonville, SC at the Events at Sapphire Creek. Stacey thoroughly prepared me going into the day by providing an order of events, list of names of wedding party, a pictorial guide of suggested poses...I mean, she really set the expectations very clearly. With her as my lead, the afternoon went as smooth as could possibly go with the typical delays of waiting for key people to arrive for group pictures. After the wedding, I was convinced that TEAMWORK truly makes the dream work. Working with Stacey was great; she was confident, assertive, fun to work with, and never left me feeling lost at any point.
But I said I would never shoot a wedding. Tuh.
A few weeks later, one of my sorority sisters from college, who was also engaged, reached out to me and asked me the inevitable, "will you be our wedding photographer?" As a professional, I proceeded to ask her the details of her day, how much coverage she'd be needing, her style, etc. As a SISTER, I knew I couldn't say no anyway.
I had a moment of reflection after we got off the call and had to laugh at myself. I believe in God & know that He has a comedic way of letting me know that His plans supersede my own. Going into 2016, my continuous improvement focus will be on wedding photography. I plan to start small with elopements, vow renewals, and small, intimate weddings. My first one up is March of this year in Blythewood, SC and the next one following, in April in Summerville.
My goal this upcoming year as I seek new clients for Latoya Dixon Photography is to incorporate my style of genuine and expressive portraiture to the brides and and grooms whose special day I'll capture, focusing on the candid joy and pride from their family members, and creating images that are not only memorable for the occasion, but show genuine expressions of love and happiness.
I have to thank SmitN Photography's, Stacey Smith, for allowing me to work with her during this wedding. It was a wonderful bonding experience, as well as a learning experience. I hope you enjoy these images.
For vendor information, check out this wedding on Smitn Photography's blog.