Hi. Hello everyone. I’m Alex. and I felt the need to reintroduce myself after not posting anything on this blog for months. May as well have been years. Yes, I am still alive. And yes, I’m still taking photos and creating.. just differently.
Many of you may know me solely as a wedding photographer. That’s what I’ve established myself as right? And until now, I had not invested into building a brand that represented anything other than weddings.
I’m going to be honest with you, figuring out how to transition my brand has sucked. It’s not easy. In my case, it’s like starting over. And my solution for months has been to not do anything about it lol.
Am I transitioning out of weddings because I hate it? No. Did I have a really horrible client that ruined the entire experience for me? Absolutely positively not. Does this mean Alex Chaney will never photograph a wedding ever again so don’t even bother asking him? Absolutely not.
Long story short, a full wedding schedule kept me from doing the other things I love and wanted to invest my time in. In 2016, I photographed 15 weddings. It was the best thing and the worst thing. In so many ways I felt like I was just flying by the seat of my pants. Starting out as a photographer, shooting weddings was the ultimate goal. “If I can just establish myself as a wedding photographer, I’ll have made it.” And in so many ways, I feel like I accomplished everything I wanted to with it. The experiences, the couples, and just the joy of the environment of weddings. It’s all priceless. I have made so many friends and created so many relationships in the industry, photographers, planners, etc. - all people that have forever impacted my life and will continue to.
But I had lost my desire to take photos.
I had zero drive to do any photo work for ME. It started to feel like just a job.
That’s when I knew something had to change.
I’ve stayed incredibly busy. Less weddings has allowed me more time to invest into my band (A Story Told). More touring, collaborating, networking. It’s also allowed me to invest more into things I want to photograph (as you can tell). Portraits, lifestyle, fun fun fun.
So no, I don’t hate photographing weddings, I don’t hate wedding photographers, and I didn’t have a bad wedding experience. I’m just transitioning, growing, being a human. And that’s what it’s all about. Doing what you love.
I’m going to continue sharing shoots and experiences as they come on this blog. Think of it as Alex v2.0. Even though it’s more like v54.0.