In case you've been living in a cave, social media has changed the world. I went to a wedding this weekend. I took pictures, for fun, as I usually do at events. There was zero pressure to take specific shots, which is what I prefer. I shoot what I like or find interesting, and usually weddings and the parties afterwards provide for some interesting photo opportunities. I also take lots of pictures of friends because why not?! One of those people, not the bride or groom, happens to be from Albania. Yes, Albania. I admit, I had to look it up when i first met her so many years ago.
I posted my photos on Facebook, just fun photos of dancing and a few group shots, etc...nothing fancy, and I tagged my friend and her family as I normally would. The next day (today) I had 50 notifications on Facebook saying people with names I can barely pronounce have liked or commented on my photos...in Albania! Now, I know the people are liking the content of the photos...a good picture of a friend of family members that they haven't seen in a long time; they aren't liking the carefully crafted lighting or composition of the shots. And i will be first to admit there was no careful crafting of light or composition going on at all. And fun photos of parties, at least in my mind, are supposed to be just that-fun and unplanned and casual.
As i said in one of my previous posts, I don't make too much money from photography (don't get me wrong, it would be nice!)...it is a passion, not a career for me. But when people more than halfway across the world appreciate the things you've captured and see things through your eyes, well, it makes me smile.