A Day in the Life of an Artistic Denver Wedding Photographer
I’ve been wanted to write this blog for a little while now, and the other day when someone asked me what my typical day was like, I took it as a sign to sit down and DO IT.
I think there are a lot of misconceptions out there about what photographers DO. There are so many behind the scenes stories left untold. So today, I will share honestly.
What I’ll say right now is that every day is different. There is no ‘usual’ when you’re an artistic Denver wedding photographer. Some days I’m in meetings and shoots all day. Sometimes I’ll have two days in a row where I don’t have any meetings, shoots to create artistic Denver wedding photography – or any reason at all to leave the house.
So I won’t call this a typical day, but it was a day.
Scout starts squeaking. Every morning she makes a noise like a squeak toy until she gets to go outside. I take her for a walk while Kyle gets ready to go to work.
I go back to sleep. This happens about 5% of the time. Most days I just stay up and make my coffee, but on this particular day, I was especially sleep deprived and decided to give myself a break and catch another hour of sleep.
Scout begins squeaking again. I feed the dogs, take them for a longer walk. This is where things are about to get BORING, but you know what? It’s real life.
Our kitchen sink had been clogged for three days. THREE DAYS that we couldn’t use the dishwasher or even use the kitchen sink (so hand-washing dishes was out of the question, too.) This is a first world problem for sure, but it was inconvenient.
I go out to get coffee since I can’t really make it at home with the aforementioned sink problem. While I’m out, I decide enough is enough with that sink and go to home depot. I purchase a snake with no real understanding of how to use it. Figure I can watch some YouTube videos and put it together.
While I’m out, my very favorite planner (I'll call her out -Walli Richardson! Amazing planner.) reaches out to me: her client needs an artistic Denver event photographer tonight! It's a photo-mergency :) I’m free and happy to do it!
Start charging my batteries and double check my memory cards for the evening. I don’t like formatting until I’ve delivered images from the session, so I always try to quadruple check! In case you didn’t know, this is the GLAMOROUS side of being an artistic Denver wedding photographer ;)
Watch videos about how to use a snake. Pull out random pieces of pipe. Basically guess where to put the snake. After about 45 minutes, I do it! I unclog the sink! I call Kyle at work and we do a happy dance. Also let him know I’ll be gone when he gets home. Yay, adulting! Run the dishwasher – FINALLY.
Put the finishing touches on some book designs I’ve been working on: one for a family photo session, and one for a cake smash for the same lovely family. I love to tell a story with my book designs. This involves a lot of playing around with each spread (design speak for the two pages you see when the book is open), the order of the spreads, and the selection and order of the photos themselves.
Realize I need to start getting ready for the event tonight! Heading the Seawell Ballroom at rush hour means I’ll need plenty of time to get down there, plan to leave by 4:30.
Pick out my outfit, take a shower, do my hair and make up.
Realize I have actually forgotten to eat a meal, make some food.
OMG I GOTTA GO. I pack up my gear and do a quick double check. Camera? Batteries? Memory cards? Flashes? All flash accessories? More batteries? DO NOT forget batteries!
Out the door! Listen to Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown on the way - keeps me relaxed during traffic and in the right mindset to capture some artistic Denver event photos!
I arrive at the Seawell Ballroom. I’m set to start shooting at 6pm, so go check out the event – where is everything happening? What time? Whose event is it? Usually I know this stuff ahead of time, but this was a special circumstance!
Before guests arrive, I take a TON of detail photos. The flowers and the room are so so beautiful – I know the client has put a lot of time and planning into this evening, and I want to capture all that. The room was designed by the one and only DesignWorks - always jaw-dropping work.
Start photographing guests. I love getting a mix of candid and what we call ‘camera-aware’ photos for events like this. Guests are super warm, kind, and gearing up for a great evening.
Break time! Delicious vegetarian dinner! Intermittently get up to photograph toasts, speeches, performances.
Dancing really gets going. Love getting right in the action on the dance floor!
Time for me to leave. I pack up all my gear and make my way back to my car.
I arrive home. I’m so tired and happy! I have a shoot the next day, so I manage to put my camera battery back in my charger before I crash.
And that was my day exactly one week ago! Yes, there’s a lot of beauty and excitement and glamor…but there’s also a lot of normal boring everyday stuff. I try to take one day off every week, but I end up working almost every single day. Sometimes it’s a LOT, but most of the time I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I've just gotta throw in a THANK YOU to all my amazing clients whose support allows me to do what I LOVE. It's an honor and a pleasure to capture these moments for you.