A year ago, I almost quit shooting weddings. I was discouraged and feeling like that was how it would always be.
I had worked with some amazing people, but others had made me question whether this was really what I should be doing. I was being accused of being unprofessional and incompetent, and I felt like I had failed my couples, my colleagues, and myself.
I got into this business to help people remember the joy and love of their day—not to ruin their memories forever.
Fast forward to today. I obviously didn’t quit shooting weddings. I am so so so grateful for the couples I’ve worked with this year. Each one was so perfect. I didn’t think that was possible.
Ultimately, it makes me realize two things. First, not every couple is for me, and that’s just fine. I pray that the right couples come my way, and that I will be able to serve them exactly the way they need.
Second, honesty is important, but we need to be tactful. Most likely, the people who confronted me had no clue that their words would make me question my validity as a photographer. And that has taught me kindness in a new way.
Anyway, I don’t know if that encourages you today, or if you needed to hear any of that at all, but it was on my heart.
November is such a time of reflection for me, and as my 2019 season comes to a close, I am just so grateful for everything I’ve learned and the people who have cheered me on. I’m glad I didn’t quit. You all make it worth it. - 15 hours ago