From day zero I never wanted to photograph weddings. Not that I don’t like weddings, I had one and have been to many. Not that I don’t appreciate wedding photography, it is very special, perhaps the single most cherished item aside from the rings are the photographs. The simple reason I don’t do weddings is I am not Mr. Cherished Moments.
Well never say never. Last month a dear friend of mine asked me photograph his wedding, they were on a very small budget, so as a gift I agreed. What did I learn from this experience, I actually enjoyed it (it was my friend getting married after all), I wish I had an assistant (I wanted a diffusior/reflector sooo badly), I have to be faster at changing camera settings from low light indoor to bright sun outdoor (or set up two camera bodies) and know (absolutely know) all the shots you need to get.
The happy couple was very pleased and most of my friends are married, so this exercise was probably a singular success. My big point here is I learned something, many things in fact and so if asked my advice is to photograph things that aren’t your thing and learn a thing or two.