This post will be a bit different. I have wanted to share this for a long time now and finally I have managed to get around to it. We always seem to talk about what we are photographing now and how great everything is, but almost never speak about our first professional photography experiences. This time I would like to share my first experience as a wedding photographer.
2009 seems like ages ago, but it was only then that I realised how important my job as wedding photographer was going to be. Apart from being stressed and almost s… myself I knew that the way the day went could destroy my willingness to ever photograph a wedding again in the future. Failure would be an absolute disaster for me and I checked and re-checked everything, visited the location twice before the wedding and took test shots etc etc. I loved the St Andrew’s in the Square venue. It had a great interior and a lot of interesting wooden architectural features. I made a long image shot list, which would come in handy on the day
Zoë and Robbie didn’t have much of a budget for their wedding photographer so they opted to get a student to do their wedding. We bounced around a few emails and I was booked. I thought “yeeee, first wedding!!!!!!!” and then, the worries kicked in 🙂
The day came and on the way to the Glasgow on the train it’s difficult to describe quite how I was feeling, almost like I was going to be sick. I arrived at the venue well before everyone else and did my set up. With shaky hands I pulled out my loooong shot list and the venue co-ordinator gave me a cheeky smile and I knew there and then, ‘I’m doomed!’ ‘Ok, ok, easy’, I said to myself, as Robbie arrived. I was very lucky with the couple as they were very relaxed and gave me a lot of freedom to play with.
Everyone else arrived and then Zoë was walking down the aisle and I realised that I was on the wrong side of the room and I hadn’t got her arrival images. In fact I hadn’t even been aware that she had arrived. This is what happens when you think too much about what is going on in the room, rather what is happening outside. After that everything happened so quickly that before I knew it everyone had to go and sit down for their meal and I still didn’t have the posed Bride and Groom shot. I realised that I hadn’t looked at my shot list and was just documenting the day as it happened. Oh well… I looked a little bit pale and my hair looked like I had just woken up or I had a bit of a punk thing going on
All in all, I was pleased with the work I did and I didn’t fail totally. Zoë and Robbie thanked me for the day and then I was on my way back, standing at the traffic lights with a huge bag of light stands and camera flashes, shirt hanging out of my trousers and the rest. An old lady came up to me and with a very supportive look asked me, ”Are you ok, son? You look a bit tired.” You know how it is when all that stress is being released and you feel as flat as a pancake But at the back of my mind I knew, I WILL DO IT AGAIN, and actually, I enjoyed it
Anyway, here are a few images from the day and you can judge for yourself
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