When I started as a professional photographer, I made a commitment to try something new with every shoot. I promised myself I would never fall into a formula.
That was easy to say when I was green and hungry and looking to separate my portfolio from the pack. Now, a decade and a half later, do I still look for ways to do something new each time?
Experimenting is the surest way to stay interested. If an idea hits me on the wedding day, I’ll most likely run with it. It may not always work, but I’ll keep trying. With each big swing I take–hit or miss–I gain some experience that can help me the next time. And sometimes, my experiments turn into great pictures.
I remind myself before each wedding: learn from past mistakes, and don’t live in fear of future ones.
So when I’m shooting your wedding and I say, “Hey, let’s try something…” It means I’m interested. Come with me. Let’s follow the thread and see where it leads.
Next principle: Be kind.