It can be a risky business being a wedding photographer; from the shots you choose to take to the lengths you’ll go to get the perfect shot.
There are times when the choices you make will make you seem like a hero – who hasn’t seen the pictures of the snapper hanging out of the car to get the moving shot on Facebook and the like? – but there are other moments of pure concentration that can make you seem more than a little goofy.
But then, what is it that they say about all publicity being good publicity? Take the photographer in Illinois, USA, who has just made the international press for falling into a lake.
Goofy is good
You may laugh at the story when you read it at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3164105/The-wedding-swimmer-Photographer-steps-backwards-falls-LAKE-taking-pictures-newlyweds-walking-her.html. You may think, what a dufus! But, at the end of the day, what couple wouldn’t want a wedding photographer in Illinois or a wedding photographer in Hampshire – or anywhere else in the world – so committed to getting the shots that they stop caring about where they are?
Sometimes, it takes more bravery to be the photographer than it takes to say ‘I do’.
Even if you’re not going head-to-head with a safari’s must-see, wedding photography can still take the nerve of a lion if you want to get the most-remembered shots. A semi-‘intrusive’ shot of the ‘happy couple’ rowing on the morning of the wedding can be taken either way, whilst a snap of a breastfeeding bride-to-be could be a recipe for trouble.
Or it can be a complete recipe for success. Your shot might not just make it into pride of place on the living room wall – or even into the international press as was the case with Lindsay Palmer’s shots of bride Jamie Riddell and her bridesmaids feeding their babies. Read more about it at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3172582/Wedding-photographer-captures-bride-bridesmaids-breastfeeding-babies-ceremony-touching-portrait-celebrates-motherhood-milestone.html.
The motto of the story is that risks can pay, although not necessarily the sort that will offer little more than a chauffeured trip from the local ambulance service.