The latest trend in the world of wedding photography is self proclamation.
It seems you no longer need to concentrate solely on producing quality imagery but you can also indulge in the rather narcissistic practice of calling yourself “the best”, “the best wedding photographer”, “the best of the best”, or even the “greatest wedding photographer in the world”.
The true giants of wedding photography do not go around calling themselves “the best”. They let their work do the talking and the fact that they travel the world, have major speaking engagements, product sponsorships and celebrity clientele goes a long way towards proving their status.
There are many organizations and websites that give out these titles and awards relating to being the best however we should treat these competitions just as a tool that can help you to understand what is working and what’s not and this may guide you in the right direction to allow you to improve.
Photography is not a sport you can’t be the best or win. No two people will ever take the same identical photo and the same image can also be viewed and appreciated differently by each individual. Technique can be questioned when critiquing a photo, but no one can say what is good or bad from an artistic or creative viewpoint as there are only personal tastes and opinions that can differ, and thank heavens for that as otherwise the world would be a very boring place.
The other self proclamation that is currently popular is “master”, to say that a person is a master of photography is indeed a lofty title to bear. If you have mastered your skill then you have reached a level where improvement is rare or perhaps no even longer possible, after all, if you are a “master” who can teach you as you already know everything!
I know that I will never cease to learn as every photo that I take is a learning experience. I will never master photography but I will enjoy the process of exploring this medium of expression and my photographic journey will always continue to unfold.
If one day I become the best wedding photographer in the galaxy as I have become the Jedi Knight of wedding photography then I will put down the camera and never take another photo again as it will no longer hold anything to stimulate me or challenge me.