It's been almost 3 full months since I've done any sort of blogging on my site. I'm sure it's gone mostly unnoticed, but that doesn't mean I don't still feel bad about it. In a way, this post is going to be some sort of pre-shoot therapy for me, because on Saturday, I'll be one week away from shooting my first wedding.
I won't lie and say I'm not a little worried, or maybe even a bit scared. Weddings are a HUGE deal, and wedding photography is, in my opinion, one of the most important parts about the wedding. 20 years from now, the bride's dress might be faded or yellowed; rings will be tarnished, dented and scratched. 20 years from now, wedding party friendships might change, and venues might even be gone. 20 years from now, however, wedding photos will instantly bring you back to the memories you had on the day you got married. I know this. I'm married.
One of the most important things to my wife and I during the process of figuring out all of that wedding crap was finding a wedding photographer that captured exactly what we had in mind when it came to photographing our wedding. We didn't want a standard "go to every table and get a group shot" photographer. That trend, believe it or not, is going the way of receiving lines and traditional wedding cakes. We wanted a photographer that was going to capture the moments as we saw them on the day that we got married. Sure, we wanted the traditional family photos, because as time moved on, sometimes people didn't move with it. We might not ever be able to get our family together like we did on that day.
But our wedding day was more than just family coming together, and we wanted that to be conveyed through the eyes of a talented photographer!
Maybe, then, this is why I'm just a tiny bit nervous about somebody's "big day". I have very few doubts in my abilities as a photographer. I know I'm not the best photographer out there, but I also know that I have an ability to capture lives and moments with just a few pieces of metal, plastic and glass that a lot of people don't have. Maybe it would be better described as "butterflies" and those bad boys will float away once I'm up on stage and doing my thing.
So now what?
Well, with a little over a week left before the wedding, I'm pretty proud of the things I've done to prepare, and it is through that preparation that my confidence has increased. Being blessed with the opportunity to photograph my beautiful wife and her 2 gorgeous friends in a bridal session gave me the chance to really see how a bride works with her dress, makeup and hair, and being of the age where everyone is getting married has given me plenty of chances to be a pew-shooter (pew pew pew).
I've geared up, and even managed to get a second shooter with a fantastic eye for detail, and a wonderful feminine touch. I've made it out to check out the venue, and been in touch with the planner. I'm even attending the rehearsal, just so I have a good handle on how the ceremony is going to go the following day.
From here on out, I'll pretty much have to rely on my on-the-job talent to get the work done and if all goes well, I hope to update you all in a few weeks with a positive outcome. If you have any kind words or tips, feel free to leave them in the comment section!