Way back in the beginning of this summer, my brother asked if my sister & I would photograph a friend’s wedding.
At first, I was hesitant…I mean, I’m no wedding photographer. I don’t have the right equipment. I have just the standard Rebel with the cheapest Canon lens on the market. I’ve never really even been to a wedding knowing how to operate my camera before…much less been responsible for capturing those shots that will be treasured for, well, like ever.
But then I remembered, this is my brother. My baby freakin’ brother. The boy that could ask me for my left pinkie toe and I would whip out the bone saw. I’d do anything for this kid. (ok, ok…here’s a picture of the cutie…)
So anyhoo…he asked and we knew why…these folks didn’t have money for a real photographer. Hence, they were callin’ in a favor from the best man’s sisters…and we, outta love for our baby bro, agreed.
All that to say, this will be the only wedding I will ever shoot. Dudes….wedding photography is hard. HARD hard. I know now why they charge an arm and a leg and a large portion of your liver to take photos of your big day. Because dang! Frankly I am surprised that I am still alive and not shriveled up in a corner somewhere shaking with postmortem stress seizures. Yeah. It was that bad. I’m just glad I never have to do that again…willingly. And Timmy…the next time you are the best man and ask a favor…just remember that you are trading your sister’s life for free photography. Not that that will change anything…but just remember that sister of yours feeds your very cute helpless baby nephew with her very alive body, mmkay?
Now onto the wedding photos: here is the bride. Yes, she looks like Jessica Simpson.
photography tip: when possible, get those ‘moments’ (whether it be a mom fluffing her daughter’s veil or the first time you feed your baby solid food) near a LARGE natural light source….like an open door or window.
And the groom.
photographers tip: have your subject face the light. Note the difference on dad’s face vs. Groom’s face. The dad’s face looks better lit and more flattering whereas the Groom’s face is partially shadowed.
And my favorite….post ceremony photos:
photographers tip: wanna take a photo with the foreground in focus and the background blurry? Make your f-stop as LOW as possible then make your camera focus on your foreground image. the closer you are to the foreground, the blurrier then background
And then of course, some reception photos:
Whew! I’m glad that is over. Although…I am really glad to add that swinging bride photo and the one where she is laying in his lap into my portfolio…I love them. A lot. Which one is your favorite? Any wedding photogs out there that want to vouch for the hardness that is Wedding Photography? Or perhaps you just wanna share in the chuckle over that melting Batman cake or the fact that she nailed him with the delicious red velvet?
And next time Timmy asks me for a favor, I’m going to smile…and then save me the trouble and hand over my left pinkie toe. Believe me…it’ll be a bargain.