For now I'm saying farewell to weddings. Since I became pregnant with my 2nd child (which was spring '11) I've had this
Weddings require so much time from a photographer. Photographers work to meet the bride and groom weeks before their big day to plan almost every picture they are going to take. I attend the rehearsals to know what's going to happen the following day. Then I spend about three times the amount editing as I did shooting pictures of that day. There are photographers who include albums in their packages...that would be even more time! Don't get me wrong, weddings are a lot of time, but they are also a lot of money. If I did one wedding a month I wouldn't have to shoot portrait sessions.
Portrait sessions. I've realized that's where my heart lies. I love families interacting and capture children at all phases of life. With weddings, it would be time for me to take the next step and continue with education and to grow professionally just like everyone in other professions. I just don't have the time for it. Or the desire. My heart is with my husband and kids and making memories for your families (at least until they are married...haha!)
But sometimes there can be that opportunity that's too good to pass up. That said, I will be very selective with weddings. I don't shoot with flash or lights, I'm a naturalist. So I would only consider weddings that have outdoor pictures. Along with that I would only consider churches or other places for the ceremony with the most natural light possible. Natural light is my comfort zone.
So if you're looking for an Amanda-approved wedding photographer, please check out my fellow friends! Oh...and I'll be anyone's assistant...just sayin'!
Lisa Hammond Photography
Dwayne Lloyd Photography