Over the past weekend, Margo and I shot our first wedding! While we both had a great time, I think we learned a lot.
The Ceremony: The ceremony was held at the young couple’s community church. While a church is the obvious choice for a young couple of faith, this particular church was not ideal for a photographer. The low lighting situation was quite tricky, but I have to deal with that often. The environment however was more of a challenge. It was almost impossible to get a shot without a speaker, projector, or head in the way. I was also concerned about how intrusive I should be. I tried my best to step in and take the shots, all while respecting the couples ceremony and faith rituals. Once the ceremony was over, I found myself anxiously wondering, Did I get enough of the right shots?
The Reception: The reception was a different story all together. The venue, a large white banquet house on a golf course, was more than beautiful. Not only did the golf course provide some great backdrops for posed images, but the banquet room itself was decorated in such a way that all of my shots would have a nice background to work with. Because I have done several other parties in the past, the reception felt like a breeze. I was more than confident about when to snap a shot and how far to push my way into the scene.
All in all, Margo and I learned a lot about the wedding photography business, and I cannot wait to jump right into the next one, and learn some more. Here are just a few pictures I took from the day.