The First Wedding I Ever Photographed…

Back in early 2009, I met a lovely lady who was a professional wedding photographer.   I told her of how I loved photography, and really took an interest into what she did as  profession.  She let me come along to a wedding with her, not in an official shooting role, but just to take some snaps and see if I liked it.

I remember being very nervous, and a bit awkward.  I even bought myself a new camera bag so I could look a bit more professional for the occasion.  I was there for probably 3 hours total, and afterwards I came home and completely collapsed from exhaustion. My hands hurt from holding the camera in such a tense way, but yet I was completely enamoured with what I had experienced.

I take a lot of pride in the images I put forward on my website, so it’s not the easiest thing in the world to put up this blog post with images that I don’t think represent my work now.  But everyone starts somewhere,  and I’m incredibly grateful that I was given a start.

So here they are… a few images from the first wedding I ever photographed:


Now, 6 years later, it’s interesting to look back at the images from that wedding that I thought were good.  Even now, I don’t think they are that bad, they just aren’t there yet.  There’s a bit more work that’s needed, mainly a bit of  post-processing.

I’m still incredibly impressed with the kindness that the other photographer showed me by inviting me along, and I want to be able to pay that forward to other photographers that contact me.  I don’t always have the space for someone to come along with me to shoots, but I’ll always sit down and talk with someone about getting started in the industry and how to make it work.

These images are a good reminder that no matter how decent at photography I think I might be, there’s always room to improve and get better.   This isn’t a hobby anymore, this is my profession, and I want to constantly be striving to be better at it.  That includes constantly trying to push myself and find new inspiration, and even attending workshops and conferences.  This year I’m going to more workshops then ever, including fearless in Romania, Snap out in Wales, and Way Up North in Sweden.

At least now I don’t collapse after 3 hours of shooting.


This blog post is apart of my BLOG-FEBRUARY Project, where I write a blog post for everyday in February.  





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