Monday, December 7, 2015

Documenting our first year of marriage

I've talked before about how different mine and my husband's personalities are from one another, and it doesn't just end with personalities. One thing that we really differ in opinions on is photographs. I want to photograph and document everything, where he could really care less about it. It used to hurt my feelings, but I've come to accept that's just the way he is, and there's no changing it.
 
Even though he doesn't give two toots about photos, he knows they mean a lot to me, so every now an then he'll agree to taking some nice photos with/for me. I really wanted to have professional photos done around our anniversary (and this is something I hope to continue every year) but since he isn't a fan of photos in general, you can only guess how he feels about spending money on photos. When I informed him it would be about $400 for an hour with a photographer, he put is foot down, pointing out that I have a very nice digital SLR camera with several lenses of my own - why couldn't I take them myself.
 
I whined a bit because I didn't think my photos would turn out very good, but in the end I agreed, feeling that he would definitely be more comfortable with a camera on a tripod rather than posing for a stranger. We only ended up spending about 20 minutes at a location less than 10 minutes from our house and I think the pictures turned out great! Take a look for yourself:
 
It was a tough choice on this one but I ended up liking the black & white version better.

We used this photo for our Christmas cards, I love it!

 
 
All in all, I'm really glad we decided not to pay for a photographer. While I don't think my photos are exactly "professional quality" they definitely serve for the purpose I wanted - to use for Christmas cards and to get at least one or two good ones for framing/gifting purposes.
 
Do you/your family take annual photos? Have you ever done your own or would you rather hire a professional?
 
 
 

20 comments:

Blonder Side of Life said...

Oh man I think they turned out awesome!!!! I'm gonna haveta try this with JB because he hates taking photos as well.

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

These are beautiful!

Christine Everyday said...

Aw I love these photos!

Cece said...

These pics are great! They are clear, the setting is nice and you two look so good. I am so impressed that you did this on your own. I am trying to convince my husband that we MUST do pics at the 10 year marriage mark because he hates pictures so I gave him a pass on engagement photos.

Brandi said...

My hubby always tells me - can't you take a picture with your mind instead!!!

Laura Beth said...

oh my goodness I love them.
This sounds so much like Steven too "do you have to take photos of everything and post them for the world to see" - well duh ;-) but he just doesn't get it haha

Veronica Roman said...

Congratulations on your one-year! Ours is coming up and I can hardly believe it's already been a year... enjoy it!

Rachel Maleady said...

Great photos! That dark green color looks so pretty on you

Life As The Coats said...

My husband is the EXACT same way with taking pictures! He only does it because he knows it makes me happy. There is no way he would be okay with paying $400 either. Lucky for us my sister takes a lot of ours in exchange for dinner lol.

LOVE how y'all's turned out! If you wouldn't have noted it I would have thought you had these professionally taken. They look great!!

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

Those turned out amazing. My husband is a photographer so I always feel weird about hiring anyone- this encourages me to try taking our own photos!

The Life You Love said...

These all turned out so beautiful! Seriously, no one would know that you took them yourself instead of hiring a photographer. I love all of these!

The Rachael Way said...

These look amazing! Also, that color is so gorgeous on you!!

Alex said...

I think you did an amazing job with these pictures!!! I definitely could not tell that they weren’t professional!!! <3

Jess said...

These turned out great! And I totally recognize that place! One of my friends from college got married there -- that whole area is so pretty. Great job on the photos. :)

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