patrick mcnamara photography
So this is the part where I'm supposed to tell you that it was my life's dream to become a wedding photographer, right? To be completely honest with you, a career in wedding photography was never even on my radar. When I was growing up, a wedding photographer was some nerdy guy wearing a soup stained tuxedo and carrying a big clunky medium format camera. No, I had plans to be the next big thing in advertising photography. I felt like I was well on my way enjoying a very successful career shooting corporate and advertising work on a national level and had never really considered shooting weddings as an option. It was quite by happenstance that a Function Coordinator friend of mine asked me if I would like to shoot a few weddings back in 1997. Up for the challenge, I threw myself into it head first. What happened was the biggest career changer of my life! It was everything I was looking for in photography, a bridal couple that hires you for your creativity, encourages you to work your magic behind the lens and then celebrate with you as you review the results of an amazing celebration. Every weekend I am invited to one of the most emotionally charged days that a couple will ever experience in their lives and become their personal historian. It's an honor, a challenge and reaffirming reminder of how important the commitment of marriage really is. I've found the perfect job for me and thankfully, it doesn't require a tuxedo.
As you research photographers, you will no doubt encounter enough websites to make you delirious. Some people shop by price, some shop with their heart and some are just so overwhelmed, they really don't know what to look for at all. The very first thing you should consider when looking at a potential photographers work is quite simple. Do you connect with it? Does it move you? Does something about it make you want to continue looking through the entire body of work? No photographer is ever going to be the perfect fit for absolutely everyone. You owe it to yourself to make sure your investment with any vendor is a sound one. Take a peek through my galleries and if you find yourself eagerly hitting the "next" button over and over, we just may be a perfect fit! If you find yourself thinking... "ehhh", than I would respectfully say that we are not right for each other and thank you for taking the time. Heck, I'll even help you find another photographer. You get one chance to do this right, be sure to trust your instincts. Once you're ready, give me a call and schedule a time where we can sit down and get to know each other a little. Everything about our experience together should be like a comfortable old sweater, not a soup stained tuxedo.