In April of 1989 my wife Mary and I were married in Lynnfield Massachusetts, and like many couples we discussed several options regarding a photographer. One of my first thoughts was to ask my brother David, he is very good with a camera, and we figured he would be there anyway and we could get him to do it as a wedding gift. Before I could ask him to be our photographer we learned he would be unable to attend, sad day. On to Plan B, so our new photographer was a relative of the Maid of Honor, someone we didn’t really know, but we were assured they could do the job.
Our wedding day came, and everything went pretty much according to plan, except my parents getting lost going from the chapel to the reception hall, but that’s another story. Time passed and when we finally got to see our wedding day in photographs there were maybe eight to ten pictures that were any good. Most of them were average composition, poor lighting, or a combination of both. I was disappointed, I had wanted more to remember the day by.
What we learned that day was the difference between a photographer, and some guy/gal with a camera.
Can I tell you another story? Well, you’re here, so I guess I will.
“A photographer goes to a socialite party in New York. As he enters the front door, the host said, ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera!’ He says nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove!” — Sam Haskins
Owning a camera dose not make someone a photographer just as owning a stove does not make someone a chief, or that owning a hammer does not make someone a carpenter. Owning the tools does not grant the skills, that only comes from practice, study, more practice, and more study.
The experience we had with our own wedding pictures drives our passion to insure that nobody else should have to to settle for “some guy with a camera” taking their senior class picture, their wedding pictures, their family portraits, any of the special events of their lives. Wy’East Photography is a family owned photography ‘studio’ based in SE Portland, Oregon, but we’ll come anywhere to photograph your memories.