First off, I have to say that I am not a wedding photographer. It is an area that I often think would be fun to eventually get into, but it is a bit intimidating and overwhelming. There are no do-overs in weddings, so if I mess up a shot, the moment is lost forever.
However, my husband's aunt was getting married in January. It was a very small wedding and they weren't planning on hiring a photographer at all. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get a little practice at a very different type of photo shoot without having a lot of pressure on me.
And yes, it was a great experience. I was a bit nervous, and my equipment really wasn't ideal for this situation, but I did the best job I could and thought some of the photos turned out a bit better than I expected.
The wedding was at night and was a candlelit service - a tough situation for even the most experienced photographer. So I bumped up my ISO, and used my fastest lens. Unfortunately, a high ISO is going to result in a lot more grain, but I still think the mood and the beauty of the evening was captured.
The reception was a small dinner in the church hall. It was a nice and casual atmosphere.
And the bride and groom...what can I say...they were absolutely beaming!
You can see how absolutely and completely happy this couple is.
Thank you all so much for this opportunity. I am not sure if I will be doing any other weddings in the near future, but I learned a lot and actually am getting a bit of an inkling to possibly try it again! Capturing such an incredibly special moment in someone's life is quite amazing. And fun!!!!