Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com
There is something very special about being a wedding photographer especially in a small community like Pembrokeshire, I constantly bump into people I met at this wedding or that wedding and people always stop me and say hi, its great.
Then there are the weddings from couples further afield, in 2008 I shot 30 weddings and of those 40 % were for brides who live outside of Pembrokeshire and over 30 % were for brides that live in England. Lots of brides return to Pembrokeshire to get married, it is a special part of the country and makes for amazing memories and fantastic photos.
So what made today so special ? Well when I got to my computer this morning there was a great email from one of my couples from last year. The email was from Matt and Anna who live London way but who got married this way. I only met then a few days before the wedding and everything was done online which is pretty normal for me with brides from further afield. Well the email is below but it just made for the perfect start to the day and reminded me why I do this.
Wedding photography is MUCH more than just a job for me, I am very passionate about it and make connections with my couples, some are stronger than others but generally I end up making friends with my clients rather than just getting paid and being on my way.
So shortly before I sent off Matt and Anna’s album I heard she had has a baby, I knew we had to send them a little something for the baby, Nikki went out and got a lovely little outfit for Sophie and we put it in with the album and sent it off.
Now at this stage I would like to point out – these guys live a million miles away from me in London or about 5 hours away – so I dont think they will ever be baby portrait clients, I dont think they will be getting married again and I dont think family portraits are on the cards so why send them something ? Some of my photographer friends ask me from time to time why I do things like that, they see it as wasted marketing – I tell them I dont do it as marketing I do it because its nice ! – it makes me feel good, I really liked the couple and well its what nice people do.
Here is the letter –
I’m really sorry we’ve been so rubbish at getting back to you. The intention is to send a proper thankyou card, but life with a baby is delaying things!
We are SO pleased with our album.It is perfect, and I keep looking at it and thinking what a great day it was and what a great record of it to look at in years to come.I’m glad we went for the coffee-table style album. I’ve shown it to lots of people and they all agree it’s brilliant. Thankyou SO much. The choice of photos is fab and the colours too …what more can I say?! Tomorrow I’m even going to take it to show my hairdresser as my hairstyle looks good, especially the ones showing the back of my head!
We were also really touched that you sent a present for Sophie.She will definitely be wearing it soon as she’s growing fast. After an awful labour, we have been given a really good baby! Phew! I’m not too sleep deprived and enjoying spending time with her and watching her change …it’s really amazing.Matt is a fantastic Dad and Sophie is really his little girl. I attach two photos taken ten days ago.She’s a cutie!
I think we owe you some money and we’ll get back to you about ordering some separate photos.
I hope your wife’s pregnancy is proceeding smoothly and that you are all well.
Will be in touch and thankyou SO much again!!! We are very happy that we chose you to photograph our wedding day.
Lots of love Anna x Matt and Sophie!
Thanks guys, thanks much.