First, thank you so much for your interest in hiring me for your event. I know you have a lot of options when it comes to event photographers, and I’m flattered that you would think of me. Unfortunately, I am not accepting photography gigs at this time.
Here are the reasons why:
- It’s not my focus. Steve Jobs once said, “Everyone thinks focus is about saying yes. No. Focus is about saying no.” I work on many projects, from books to websites to films, requiring much time and energy. While saying yes to a single event might not seem like a big distraction, I’ve learned that for me, it can be. The truth is that event photography is just not a priority for me right now.
- I primarily shoot using black and white film. While I love the texture and quality of film photography, it is not as flexible as shooting digital. If an event space is too dark or the event is at night, it can be challenging to get great shots.
- I don’t have the right camera. My primary camera was made in 1985 and has a broken light meter, as well as problems with light leak. While I can deal with these issues with my photography, I don’t feel comfortable using this equipment to photograph an event.
If you are a friend who was hoping to hire me for a wedding or family gathering, simply invite me as a guest as you usually would and ask me to bring my camera. If manage to get any good photos, I will be more than happy to pass them along.