Monday, July 14, 2008

Woo hoo!

I am thrilled to say that our wedding clients this year are the most amazing fabulous people ever! I was impressed by this when we did our free wedding (we give away one free wedding a year to a couple who can't otherwise afford it) and the wedding was nice and the couple was fabulous, but there was something missing in the connection between us and the couple. I think people value what they invest their money and emotions in; when you are given something for free, you don't care about it as much. Maybe I'm wrong, but we felt a noticeable difference between this wedding and the other 3 weddings that we've done this month. And the only difference we can attribute it to is the fact that they didn't want us enough to pay a large chunk of their wedding budget for us. This doesn't mean they didn't want us because I'm confident that they did, but there is something to be said about being more invested in the process when you have spent a lot of money on it.

At any rate, we have had a blast shooting weddings this year. Our couples have been fun, engaging, delightful, accommodating, willing to try every random idea we have, and completely trusting of our expertise. I can't even begin to describe what a wonderful breath of fresh air this kind of attitude is. Last year (with the exception of a few weddings), we didn't have the same rapport with our couples. Needless to say, we're praying that this continues throughout the rest of the year. It is making shooting seem effortless. At the end of an 8 hour shoot, I'm wanting to stay longer. The bride and groom are more like friends than clients at the end of the day.

Even though we've had a blast at the weddings this weekend, they have definitely drained the energy out of us. We're exhausted! We had a rehearsal dinner in Eugene on Friday, the wedding in Monroe on Saturday, and then another wedding on Sunday! We did a lot of driving, used a zillion memory cards, and this morning we both felt unable to move a muscle. We're sore, tired, sun burnt, and insanely happy with the images we got from the weddings. [I think we're both getting sick too!]

At any rate, I'll post pictures on the studio blog soon! There's so much to catch up on! I apologize if this blog starts to become neglected in my desire to keep the studio blog running smoothly. You know I love you all!


1 comment:

Carrie said...

I can't wait to see your images! And I'm totally with you on the free photos. It's hard to explain to anyone who, I think, is not a photographer. You're working your butt off and that's something that USUALLY isn't recognized (paid or otherwise). BUT! It certainly is more fun when the couple put out to have you there and are more willing to connect with you and be creative to help you help them! It makes for marvelous team work!

Speaking of which...I'm looking forward to teaming up with you guys again here very shortly. ;)