The Chronic Dissatisfaction of a Wedding Photographer

One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is that you start every wedding with a blank memory card.

One of the worst things about being a wedding photographer is that you start every wedding with a blank memory card.

I always have butterflies in my stomach before a wedding. I know I have the right kit. I know I have the right skills. But I'm still nervous.

It's because I have to prove myself all over again. I have to be at my best to reflect the couple's day. But my best is never good enough.

I'm never 100% happy with the photographs I made at my last wedding. There is always something I could improve upon, something I could do better.

I hope my chronic dissatisfaction never fully goes away. If it does, I think that it will be the end of my creativity and the end of my growth as a wedding photographer.

A few days after the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, I start editing the photographs, thinking that I have nothing. All my efforts are for naught, and I'll have to apologise to the couple, sell my gear and get an office job.

Then I come across a photograph like Tanya and Craig's first dance and I think 'Yes, that will do.'

I slap another blank card into my camera and head off to the next wedding.

Onwards and upwards.