Good morning from Newport Beach at Esquire Photography HQ in Orange County everyone!
I’m one Newport Beach Wedding Photographer who is totally flattered and honoured to share a VERY powerful note I received on my Facebook Page recently from Amy & Ron about a very special photo I captured with them and Amy’s Grandparents. In fact, this photo happens to be the LAST photo of Amy’s Grandmother before she went home and passed away over this weekend.
If you were keeping up with my social media updates on Sunday either on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, then you more than likely know how passionate I am about photography. In fact, I truly believe in my heart to it’s very core that photography can change the world. If you are thinking how that can be, let’s examine a short list of emotions that are produced when looking at just one photo:
With that said, here is what Amy had to say about not only the photograph of her Grandmother, but about her experience working with me; David, a professional Newport Beach Wedding Photographer. Or as I like to call myself; “A guy with a camera.”
TOTALLY WONDERFUL & AMAZING & I’m completely moved by it. In fact, when I received the note from Amy & Ron – I sent a note to Kristine letting her know that I was in tears reading it. Definitely a comment I won’t forget for the rest of my life.
NOW for the Wedding Cautionary Tale.
I just shared on my myriad of social media platforms a couple who received some absolutely horrendous photography from their wedding vendor. Here is a LINK to the story online and a LINK to a discussion on my Facebook Fan Page.
That’s pretty intense! A couple paid hard earned money to a “professional” photographer who should have been able to deliver to them an amazing experience and even more importantly at the end of the day; incredible photography they can cherish and share with their family for the rest of their lives. There are NO re-takes on your wedding day.
If you’re wondering why I included this in a testimonial, it’s quite simple. Which experience would you rather have? Granted not all cheap photographers are going to do that, BUT there is something to be said when you hire the best you can afford and someone that has the experience to deliver the goods when thrown into any situation.
Or to mix it up a bit, who’s fault was it? The photographer who delivered what they were capable of (which I could stand up on my soap box all day about) or the couple who hired them knowing what the photographer could deliver (OR was deceived into thinking they could deliver). My thoughts are it’s both. Harsh? Yes. But it’s a real situation that unfortunately happened and I wanted to share a real answer to a real question.
So I really want to drive home the importance of doing your homework when hiring your professional photographer. Make sure you hire one that has the experience, technical know-how, gear and above all – a personality you’re going to enjoy working with for a deal of time. I know that I am an “acquired taste” of a character/person who wants to laugh, giggle and cry with every one of my couples at each & every wedding. From the minute we meet up to the end of the wedding day – I want to enjoy the wedding day as much as bride & groom did. Why? Because what I do is not a paycheck to me. It’s my livelihood and more importantly to me; it’s your wedding & you deserve the BEST. Period.
To wrap it up, I’m totally flattered by comments like this & it truly is one of the many reasons why I’ve been a professional photographer from Orange County/Los Angeles to Berlin, London and Paris, France for nearly 29 years (Yes, nearly three decades. Crazy I know!).
With that said, if you or someone you know is thinking… Hey – I’d really like to get to know this Newport Beach Wedding Photographer (Previously a Huntington Beach Wedding Photographer) that loves music & fashion, photography and art, feel free to contact me anytime.
I hope you’re having a great start to your week and stay tuned for some amazing events that I’m sharing. From San Diego to Newport Beach, Ventura and all the way up to Oakland – I have some fantastic Weddings and events that I’ve had the honour of photographing.
PS, If you haven’t already seen the totally MEGA model photo shoot I captured of Emma in Paris, France – totally check it out HERE. She was ahhhhhhhmayyyzeeeeeeng!!
PSS, Check out this awesome quote I shared on Twitter & Facebook keeping the “Butterfly Effect” moving forward – spreading positivity. It’s a totally new one & I really think it is so very true. “All our DREAMS CAN COME TRUE, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney