So here’s a slice of what my first ever paid wedding gig looked like. Helen and Tom’s beautiful wedding at Kelmarsh Hall was back in 2012.
The thing is, I really, really loved it all. Although I wasn't the main photographer, I loved the fact that I could get paid to photograph people - it felt like a dream. So much so that it felt too good to be true and so I shied away for a couple of years. Isn't it silly that the thing that you often want most seems too unobtainable that you don't actually try for it in the first place.
Admittedly, these photos technically aren’t fantastic (sorry Helen and Tom). I would have shot this wedding with one camera (Canon 550D) and an 18-55mm kit lens and NO FLASH! But, what I find more interesting though, is the fact that despite my technical inept-ness, I still shot in the same way as I do now. Despite everything I’ve learnt - it still boils down to the same fact - that it all starts with YOU. And as far I as I aware, they were super happy with their photos.
I decided to make just a few bullet points on what these few years of shooting weddings has taught me:
The single most important thing is that my couple like or even LOVE their photos. I want them to feel like the best version of themselves and that they feel proud and confident
That I always shoot directly from the heart. Despite the learning, kit advances and general experience over the four years of shooting, there has always been consistency with this one thing. I love what I do and I want people to see that in the photos
That I challenge myself creatively with every single wedding and hopefully my couples will be along for the ride too
That you can never have enough kit back-ups, insurance and practise!
Here’s to my 2016 couples, I can't wait to work with you.
For those still considering whether you want a paid professional photographer your wedding - some of my prices might not be as extortionate as you think - I have half day from £695. Take a look and give me a shout if you have any questions.
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