Being a wedding photographer or any kind of photographer for that  matter forces you to see the world in a different way, you can not help it! You seek beauty in places that on first glance looks dull, you see color where everything seems grey and you look for details that might easily be overseen by others.

The journey to that perfect image takes you on weird, wonderful and sometimes dangerous routes…all made worth it when you get the image you want.

Not only does it take a special kind of person to take unique and one of a kind photographs, it takes someone that does things a little different, do things a little different and think a little different than most others.

So what exactly am I talking about?

1.    Passion/obsession

Each photographer should live, breathe and sleep photography.  Most of them are so obsessed of getting THE shot, other parts of their lives suffer on account of that.

2.    Storyteller

Photographers like to tell stories through pictures. Their pictures should say something.  They want people to act and react to their photographs.

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective” – Irving Penn.

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3.    Curiosity

Photographers have this ever-present sense of curiosity: of exploring the world around them; of experimenting with different mediums.

4.    Sense of wonder and imagination

Photographers are like little children.They see the world through different eyes: eyes filled with wonder and imagination. They always ask: “What if?”

5.    Adaptable

Photographers should be able to adapt especially whenever the weather won’t play it’s part or when they have forgotten an important piece of equipment.

6.    Energetic

Photographers are high on life and their camera and pictures are like drugs –  it keeps them going.

7.    Problem solver

Photographers can solve any kind of problem whether it is big or small.

8.    Know no fear

Photographers aren’t afraid to make mistakes. They don’t fear failure, but see it as part of the process. They are not afraid to take risks. Some of them live on the edge.

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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9.    Being in control

They are knowledgable enough to know how to control their cameras. They know how to find the exact balance for ISO, aperture value, shutter speed, light, etc.

10. Different

Some photographers are just plain weird and often misunderstood, because they think and see differently.

11. Playful

Photographers are like little children with their first toy. They like to fool around and break the rules.

12. Spontaneous

Photographers are spontaneous in that they seize the moment. It is often not planned and the moment is captured because of an inkling.

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13. Prepared

A true photographer should always be armed with their camera and use every opportunity to their advantage.

14. Onobstrusive/sneaky

Some photographers like to hide in the shadows. They hide their cameras from the world to get the most candid, real shots. They should be able to work very quickly – so as not to be caught out.  Their subjects should be completely oblivious to the fact that they are being photographed.

15. Stubborn

Some photographers can be very set in their ways. Some of them prefer to only shoot in one specific medium and they’ll be damned if someone tells them otherwise.

16. Artistic: see the world like a painter

The camera is their canvas. They are open to detail and different styles (classic, black and white, modern, surreal and abstract). Each photographer has his/her own style and they leave their signature (style) on it.

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“The Drip”

David Bailey is one of the best British photographers. He used to work for Vogue. He has this very unique technique called “the drip”. It became his signature.

When he would go on trips he used to put Polaroid’s in a container with sea water, sand and pebbles. He would swirl  it around to get scratches. He called this “the drip”.

“It’s the drip which might splash onto one side of the canvas when you’re working on a painting and makes you think “that is good”, possibly leading you to explore other things. My whole life is spent in search of the drip, it can change everything.” – David Bailey

17. Patience

“The Decisive moment”

Each photographer should be willing to wait a long time for the right moment to come along.

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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18. Never crop

Henri Cartier-Bresson NEVER cropped his photos. If the framing and/or composition was a bit off he would disregard it.

19. Ambition

Every photographer should strive to get even better images. HCB never had much of an emotional attachment to his images – he always moved on to the next image.

“Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow” – Imogen Cunningham.

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