So as a photographer, I definitely dream of that perfect wedding or couple, that has in mind exactly what I've day dreamed about for months for their wedding and pulls out all the stops. The wedding with overflowing greenery and florals, the perfect tree line to line the ceremony edge, the perfect balance between textures used throughout, with the perfectly mismatched bridesmaids, with groomsmen leading them down the aisle in perfectly coordinated menswear.
But alas, that is what is called in the business as a styled shoot, because the vendors are able to prep and prime every detail. And while this is something that we love to do, what really matters to me and my creative eye is real people, with real details during their completely imperfect perfect wedding day.
I've read a lot lately about vendors and their ideal clients. This of course got me day dreaming even more than I already do about what would be my perfect wedding if I could plan every detail and moment. Then amongst the dreaming I realized that every client is someone's ideal client.
I also realized that this 'ideal client' isn't a necessity but something that we as wedding vendors can, no need, work together with our clients so that we create their most memorable day.
Now saying that doesn't mean that every couple should book a vendor just because someone said such and such, without finding out if they're a good fit for them. Part of creating a memorable and amazing day for the couple is to know that each wedding vendor is a great match for the couple and can really pull through what the client is envisioning. With that said, I am becoming a strong believer in the fact that it is my job, as a wedding photographer, to not only provide images that capture their wedding day, but to also work with the client to find out what that means to them and how I can work with them to capture everything they've dreamed of for their big day.
This may mean me stepping out of my comfort zone, or working on a wedding that isn't in my ideal client 'range', but it does allow me to work with incredible couples and to provide captivating images of their love and family and friends on their wedding day.
So I'm asking wedding vendors, keep a focused look on the style and work that you want to create, but don't rule out what could be an incredible journey with a new client who has plans that make you step out of that comfort zone, or idea of the ideal or perfect client.
And to all of those lovely couples out there researching their possible wedding vendors, let us know what you're thinking, we'll be striving to create that new and incredible detail and event for you!