Every once in a while it feels to stuffy up in herre, and I need to level with you and take you behind the scenes. So today, you get to know some things I’m really, really bad at.
1. Recreating other people’s really pretty photos.
I already wrote about (well, pleaded about) killing Pinterest-worthy pics and capturing authenticity instead. But I have more to say. (Surprise?)
There’s a growing feeling on the earth that any photographer worth her salt can recreate any wonderful photo you pin on your cute board on pinterest.
A couple of things: sometimes, yes, we can recreate it. But lots of times, there are a million moving parts behind that photo that we can’t recreate: the exact way the light is hitting her face, the love between the couple, the dress and the couple’s height difference and the way the wind is blowing. (Some photographer wrote a fabulous article about this and I can’t for the life of me find it now–any help?)
But the real question is: even if we could recreate it, WHY? Why would you want us to? Why would we want to? Each wedding day I have been part of has overflowed with so MUCH. There has been a unique vibe to each wedding, and each time I have been amazed–that is the honest truth.
I want to make you a few promises. One. Your love is unique. Really it is. And so, your wedding will be unique, if you let it. Two. Your day will be full. We won’t need to recreate someone else’s amazing photo, because there will already be enough. You are enough.
Alright. That was probably too philosophical, but what else would you expect from yours truly.
2. Being quiet.
The other day I was doing a bridal session with a wonderful couple, and another photographer happened to be right next to us. I suddenly realized that I was quite literally guffawing with my couple over who knows what–and she was patiently waiting for me to stop so she could direct her couple. Whooooops. The moral is: clients, be prepared to guffaw. Just kidding, but really–we’re gonna have a good time.
I’m also bad at keeping my thoughts about certain things (pinterest! photography! love and weddings! lots and lots of other things!) to myself. So be warned.
3. Selling stuff I don’t think is a million percent awesome.
There are about a zillion album companies for photographers out there. But I am head over heels in love with the albums I offer to clients. They are not cheap; they are heirlooms. They are made of the finest materials and feature the finest printing and to me, that can’t be beat by a smaller price tag.
And now, a mysterious sentence where I whet your appetite for something else coming soon to the Brooke Schultz Photography product offerings! Ohh, you are gonna love these. They are gorgeous, of the highest quality, and–you guessed it–a million percent awesome.
That concludes today’s episode of Things I’m Bad At. If you’d like to read more musings for photographers and creative folks, you can sign up for snappy, never-spammy emails right here: