Hi Wes! Can you tell our readers a little about yourself? Hey everyone! My name is Wes, I am a wedding photographer in London ( Canada, lol ) and I am a crazy ball of energy! It may or may not have something to do with my love affair of coffee and vanilla latte’s. Or […]
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Hey everyone! My name is Wes, I am a wedding photographer in London ( Canada, lol ) and I am a crazy ball of energy! It may or may not have something to do with my love affair of coffee and vanilla latte’s. Or it might be that i’m trying to keep up with my daughters. I have a 4 year old who is my little doppelganger. And an 8 month old who is on track to matching our wild antics. What ever it is that we do, it’s with a lust for life. We are a family that wears our hearts on our sleeves for sure. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I actually was a chef for several years and when it was time to leave behind the long evening shifts and working holidays so we could start a family, I actually had no idea what I wanted to do! But I always really enjoyed the artistic aspect of cooking! Creating beautiful plates for people to enjoy was a true love of mine. So a friend of mine had suggested that I look into food photography as a possible future career, and I thought that sounds EXACTLY like something I would love to do! Then I feel into a job doing School photography. And it lead me to meeting up with a former colleague from the restaurant days who’s wife is a wedding photographer. Well he suggested that his wife and I meet and so we did, and she asked me along to second shoot with her on some weddings. I really didn’t have any prior interest in shooting weddings up until that point, but I thought, why not push myself out of my comfort zone. And am I ever glad that I did, because I fell in love with them! I had found my passion in photography!! I mean who doesn’t love a great love story!?
It has to be all the sheer joy and energy throughout the day. It’s electric and contagious! By the time I photograph a couples day, I am pretty emotionally involved in it all. I was there to share the laughs and fun at the engagement session, and got excited about how she talked about her dress, or the floral arrangements during our meetings. I laugh along with all the funny stories during the speeches, I get choked up during the father daughter dance, I’m busting a move on the dance floor by the end of the night! It’s such an incredible day, and I am so thankful to be a part of so many amazing love stories.
All the reaction shots during the speeches! If there is a hilarious roast from one of the bridal party, or an embarrassing story from a family member, I am anticipating those over the top laughing fits from the guests. I’ll often find a big smile on my face while editing the speeches and reception.
Having my girls has changed everything! My children have helped me focus on being a goal oriented business owner. But I want to be able to show them through example, that pursuing a passion and working hard towards your goals is so very rewarding and should be the focus of their life; pursue what your passionate about! Also Photography has changed me being a better parent, being a photographer has helped me appreciate all the little moments with my family. Being able to document them growing up is such a blessing.
Freedom! Freedom to work with my ideal clients, and choose my schedule. I want to have a life work balance, not a work life balance if that makes sense.
There is only one you, so market what makes you stand out from the other photographers in your area. Being a photographer is 70% business owner and 30% photography. And it requires consistent daily action!!
I have actually been pretty lucky to have only been at really low key weddings. I would say the craziest thing I have seen was at one wedding a couple of the groomsmen decided to go down to the lake for a swim and one of them had forgotten where he left his clothes. So of course he thought his buddies had hidden them on him, and he was walking around in his underwear pretty pissed off that he couldn’t find his clothes. Then it started to rain…good times.
The biggest lesson i’ve learned is how important family and friends are. And how important it is to have photographs to remember all the moments that are so easily forgotten in this busy hectic life.