Timbers thread on controlling the customers picture selection got me to thinking and the following ideas developed: I'm working through this philosophically and trying to decide what kind of wedding photographer I want to be. Do I want to do it just for the money (that's a joke...what money? In my area most pro's start at about $495-$695 for a 1 hour wedding and top out at under $2000 for a huge 2 photographer-all-day-multiple-location affair). Do I want to be the most artistic and skilled wedding photographer that I can be? Taking classes, analyzing other's work, taking the kind of client's that like the kind of shots that I like to take, etc.? Or do I want to be something in-between? Do I want to be the "be all" photographer that meets the needs of everyone, shooting as many weddings as I can, mass production, typical JC Penney's studio quality? Or do I want to be a low volume but high quality shooter with a unique style that not everyone likes? But a style that satisfies me artistically, while producing a product that thrills the selective client that is attracted to my unique vision. Or do I want to be something in-between? Wedding photography is photojournalism. It is also portraiture. There is portraiture that basically accurately shows the likeness of the subject but little else. Then there is portraiture that presents ideas about the subject; shows personality; tells you something about the person; makes you want to know more about them. You know what Im taking about, youve seen the difference. Photojournalism can just report the facts but it can also tell a story. A wedding can be a photo essay with skill and planning. I've looked at dozens of books on wedding photography...I've looked at dozens of local studio album examples. A great many shooters appear to be artistically "dead", going through the motions, producing cookie-cutter albums. Then there are the few that you can just tell from their work that they actually LIKE shooting weddings. Maybe they just like photographing people; maybe they like the romance of weddings and like being around couples in love; maybe weddings help them to feel young; maybe they like the challenge they find working under pressure; who knows? But the point is, they seem to like shooting weddings, it shows in their work, and I suspect that they are happier and possibly more successful than the other guys. How about you out there? What kind of wedding shooter are you? Bored or having fun? Are you a wedding hack, or a skilled craftsman, or an artist? Do you LIKE shooting weddings? If so, why? What do you get out of it? What do you do in ensure that you continue liking it? How do you stop the bordom so many shooters come to with weddings? How do you keep your images fresh and exciting? Your thoughts please on my ramblings.