On 1st March, I had the pleasure of photographing my very first wedding. As an amateur photographer, I was naturally very nervous, particularly as it was a winter wedding, but luckily the weather was on our side.
I arrived at the house of the mother of the bride at 9:30am. It would be a long day, but a memorable one. Oh how I loved the calm before the storm, but more so, I loved the buzz throughout the house as everyone began to get ready: kids running up and down, adults rehearsing speeches or having a few cigarettes to calm their nerves. There was definitely loads of emotion to capture.
The church ceremony took place at Waltham Abbey Church, and the reception was held at the beautiful Gilwell Park.
By the end of the day I had shot 1400 frames and for editing, narrowed it down to 450 of the best. I'd say the easiest part of my role was actually shooting on the day. The most time-consuming was the editing. I did basic editing such as colour balance, exposure correction etc. Nothing overly fancy; no airbrushing or layering.
I learnt some invaluable lessons such as packing a minimum of three pre-charged batteries; having a backup camera (though I didn't need one, I dread to think what would have happened if something went wrong with the one I was using. Plus it eliminates the palava of having to switch lenses quickly);
I still have loads to learn and many skills to develop, but in all, my first attempt at being a lone wedding photographer was successful. I enjoyed every moment of it.