I spoke to a friend of mine recently whose son recently completed a photography degree. When I asked her what sort of photography he wanted to do her immediate response was "not weddings or portraits!". And this seems to be something of a theme with (aspiring) photographers, that these two areas of photography are a bit beneath those "serious" about their work, that they aren't "art", and so on. And I do know that there are a lot of atrociously bad wedding and portrait photographers, who seem driven by money rather than aesthetics, but I do think that maybe there's more to it than that.
I can't pretend to be an expert on weddings – I haven't shot all that many – but those that I have done I've really enjoyed – after all, they are a celebration, and working with a hundred or so people who are clearly enjoying themselves really isn't all that onerous :-)
On which note: here's today's shot, one of the 300 or so I shot at a wedding last Sunday. And it isn't the best photograph I took that day, but as emblematic shots go, I'm pleased with how it turned out.
1.02pm on 12/12/04|
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
29mm (46mm equiv.)