Dear Mister Wedding Photographer-
I am the wedding guest you hate.
I am commonly referred to as “Uncle Bob” because I have a DSLR at the ceremony.
I look like an amateur because I brought my backup camera across the country (at my mom’s request).
In fact, I probably am technically an amateur compared to your team of six stationed around the ceremony.
But I’ve hated me too when I have been at work.
The aunt getting in my shot EVERY SINGLE TIME.
The cousin setting up a family photo I didn’t know was important.
And now, having been on the other side, I have a different perspective.
While you take hundreds of photos of guests, it might be impossible for you to remember these women.
Being some of the most influential women in the groom’s life, it would be a shame for them not to a have a photo together.
You were probably told that the groom’s mother & father were divorced when he was a small child.
So it might not cross your mind to take a photo of them dancing together.
But for family, we know that their relationship is a shining example of how two adults can come together to raise amazing children.
And still care for each other.
Lastly, there is no way you could ever know that the groom and his twin were my “other brothers”.
It probably would never even occur to you to take a photo of him with a random guest.
But this photo will be precious to me for years to come.
So I thank you Mister Photographer (and your massive crew) for not getting too angry at me.
For not yelling at me to get out of your shot or giving me dirty looks when I pulled out my camera.
As a professional I promise to respect your shots, but there are some things even you cannot create.
You are not family, you just don’t understand these stories.
Congratulations Joel & Camie.
I love you both dearly.
I am so excited to see your life together and hopefully continue to be a part of it.
You’ve honored me in so many ways, I hope I can do the same for both of you in the future.