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“You must like your job?”

This was a question asked recently. It’s a question I encounter regularly when on official duties and chatting to guests at weddings. It’s a question I answer quickly, “Yes of course I do, I get to attend parties every weekend and capture happiness!” This is my standard rapid reply and, although it is quite correct, it’s not the full answer. It isn’t the right time to delve into a full explanation at a wedding about why I do what I do and how I do it and why I do it in my way. But give me a blank screen and a keyboard, and I can write for hours as long as I have tea and biscuits by my side.

You see, to explain fully would set me off on a rant (a smiling happy rant I add, no long-faced whinging here!) about how passionate I am about the wedding industry and wedding photography in particular, well, the capturing memories part of it anyway. I’d rant (remember the smiling bit) about the scarily growing number of ‘camera owners’ who buy themselves some gear and think they can pop off to a wedding and be trusted to capture someone’s important day with zero training (watching a couple of YouTube vids does not qualify). I’d rant (smiling) about the semi-pro’s who undervalue photography and charge £2.50 for an entire days photography, chuck the files on a USB stick and throw them at the client as if they were valueless. I’d also rant (still smiling) about the true creatives out there who are amazing at photography, the wonderful printed products their clients receive and about how passionate they are for my industry.

Now, I don’t want you picturing a disgruntled ranty me, sat here being all bitter, my rants are happy rants. I rant with a smile on my face as I love what I do, I have a burning desire to stay among the ranks of those who are passionate and who are constantly evolving their skills and are unified in pushing the photography industry forward as a whole. This is luxury stuff us creatives are creating, it’s memories man, it’s capturing a moment in time, a fleeting moment in a life on a particular day, a glimpse back in time in 20years as I always say!

The value of this is worth more than £2.50 to me and so it rightly should to you too, so I inject a lot of myself into what I do and I’m not happy to simply throw a digital file at a client afterwards. Our clients don’t want that either, they choose us because we won’t turn up to a wedding, spray and pray with our camera set on multi-shoot mode with fingers crossed something works out ok. They choose us because we’re ‘classically’ trained in what we do, because we know each wedding is different, because we know each client is different, because we know each is client is special and should be treated as such, because we’re experts basically and think service before and after is all part of the deal. And finally because we don’t download our cards to a USB stick and pop it in the post. We create high end printed products, you know like ‘back in the day’ only better…much better.

That was a rant in itself! But I had a smile on my face the entire time I was penning the above, it’s the passion you see, I can’t help it! I should make this a blog post too.

I think that’s enough from me, Sarah has gone into hiding and says she’ll get around to penning something.. maybe…

So, if you’re tempted, then please use our contact form and get in touch with us for a chat. We’re based in the south of England close to Portsmouth, Hampshire and within easy reach of Southampton, Chichester, Petersfield and beyond into London, Surrey, West Sussex and Dorset, although we do shoot all over the UK and abroad. Click here for a map of where we are.

Oh and by the way, it’s not a job… it’s a lifestyle.

Thanks for listening

Chris Such

Head Honcho

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