Generally when I get a call or e-mail it's from a bride looking for a photographer (generally a very cheap photographer). They have the sound of wedding bells chiming in their heads and visions of linens, swatches and favors twirling around in there as well.
This call wasn't like that.
I had posted an ad up in Albany, because going out that far is just a matter of bumping my travel rate (though I'm sure New England will keep me more than busy), chewing through some gas and getting the right playlist on my mp3 player. That's where they found me.
It was a call out from a studio based out of New Jersey that usually worked in the tri-state area servicing brides and their weddings on the inexpensive end of the pool. They had a bride in Eastern Connecticut, which was an area they usually didn't service so they were reaching out to find a sub-contractor who did.
I was a bit skeptical at first, to get this call and offer to shoot a wedding in some town just over the border with Rhode Island. However, they were more than willing to send me the paperwork (and much more importantly, the check) ahead of time and I had a free day on August 29th.
So I threw my hat into the ring and drove into the remnants of a tropical storm with a little GPS to guide me there. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by a very friendly couple and a great set up (even if it did have to get moved in doors after the rain).
I have to say it's odd losing control of your images after they come out of the camera though and not working together with the bride and groom from the start to help manage their expectations and get a better idea of what they're looking for. I'm sure that I'll get over it, and it will be nice to have someone else filling up my weekends, even if the rate is a lot lower than I'd want.