I was tired. We had already been photographing for 10 hours and had several more to go. I had just spent the whole day on my feet in the heat. The pre-wedding shoots are often a not-so-fun but yet fulfilling kind of work after the clients see the results.
I looked to my right through the tent that overlooked the vineyards and saw the sun slowly going down. The way the light glimmer on top of the vines with an orange glow was breathtaking.
I wanted to just sit. I wanted to just relax, even if it was only for a few minutes.
But I knew this was a shot not to be missed.
My future bride and groom were enjoying their time together, resting on the nearby bench. I knew it had been a long day for them, too. But I knew that if I didn’t ask them to join me for 5 minutes for a quick sunset session, that I would regret it.
I forced my body to get up, took a chance, and asked them. They happily agreed.
We walked to the edge of the vines, only 15 feet from the bench, where I told my bride and groom to take a moment and breathe in the day. Reflect on what is now behind us, and take notice of the fact that they are getting married. And they will be husband and wife.
They often say that the camera is more like a mirror – your mood, state-of-mind and energy, are all reflected back through your lens. Everything in me wanted to just relax for a few minutes. I didn’t want to bug my couple. I could easily have let the moment pass. But I didn’t.
Because if I don’t care, why should anyone else?
Keep your energy high, your drive activated and your passion fueled. Pursue the moment, and chase every opportunity you can, even when you don’t want to. Because if you don’t, no one will. If you don’t care, why should anyone else?
This is only one of the many moments what a pre-wedding photographer will and should be doing. This is how I roll.