Being a photographer is a super glamorous job. I mean, how could it not be? You get to spend all your time at weddings, sneaking hors d’oeuvres off the appetizer trays and hobnobbing with the guests.
No, grasshopper, you have much to learn. That’s not how you spend most of your time. This intern’s lesson of the day is that as a photographer, the bulk of your time is spent getting things to work. No joke.
It makes sense, when you think about it (well…I suppose it would make sense regardless of your thinking about it, but that’s beside the point). The actual “taking pictures” part of being a photographer is probably something that we spend the least amount of time on. We rely so heavily on technology, which can be extremely temperamental and seems to require begging, pleading, praying, and promises of your firstborn child in order to convince it to work.
It’s not easy. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes on, and it can be frustrating at times. Creating images that give people a way to relive their fabulous wedding day, or transport them back to a time when their now-teenager was just a wee little baby, that’s the fun part, but it’s just a small piece of the pie. And speaking of pie…let me present to you the graphical representation of the breakdown of a wedding photographer’s time.