This post will differ in that I'd like to discuss digital photography, specifically... gasp... wedding photography. Wedding photography may be the most maligned form of the art in existence. This hasn't been helped by the recent influx of folks, fresh off their recent DSLR purchase, who figure "why not? Easy money, right?"
Wedding photography may be many things, but easy is not one of them. The biggest challenge I find when I shoot weddings, outside the obvious difficulty of juggling personal interaction and technical challenges, is the delicate balancing act between commerce and art. In some circles, wedding photography is viewed as a sort of artlessly commercial endeavor - a chance to bang out a collection of predetermined shots and go home with a check. I feel that, while many who pursue that line of work does so for the perceived easy money, weddings offer a fascinating and challenging opportunity for artistic expression.
Where else do spend a day with complete strangers, totally immersed in one of the most important days in their personal lives? After the toasts and the dances, I always find myself driving home having connected on at least some level with the people I've worked with.
There's definitely something to be said for sharing in one of the most important days in the lives of a couple. You take on an enormous amount of responsibility in exchange for a chance to create something really beautiful.
So wedding photographers will continue to give wedding photography a bad name. Let em. Those of us who care will continue striving to improve, and working to never let anyone down when they're willing to put their faith in us. It's not something to take lightly, but it can be incredibly rewarding.