So, let me preface this by saying that I don’t do weddings. LOL
Unless your my best friend Adina, who has a knack for talking me into almost anything. She is actually the reason I am in the photography gig to begin with, having given me the encouragement to quit my day job almost three years ago.
I don’t photograph weddings for a variety of reasons, most of which revolve around the time it would take away from my family, my general preference for photographing children over adults, and my lack of confidence in my ability to do so.
So probably that last part was the biggest factor. One big reasonI didn’t feel comfortable shooting weddings is that there are so many different lighting situations. I’m a big fan of the sun, and I schedule my family sessions around light that I know and am comfortable with, and that’s not an option with a wedding. So I really had to push myself out of my comfort zone, and use a flash a lot more than I ever had before.
But with Adina’s encouragement, and the fact that Lindsey was very aware that this was my first wedding, I decided to jump in and do my best.
And I’m really glad I did. It was such a gorgeous wedding, and Lindsey was an absolutely stunning bride. Just everything about it was perfection. The day was exhausting, but really fulfilling, if you know what I mean. Parts of the day definitely came more naturally to me than others, and there are definitely some things I would do differently if I could do it again, but overall, I’m pleased with my first experience in photographing weddings.
And it helped that the bride was someone I knew and was comfortable with. I am so glad that she trusted this special day with me. I just know that they will have many, many beautiful moments together in the future.