First time as a wedding photographer

posted on 28th of october, 2011

October 16, the day of the weding ceremoeny of my friend's daughter. I was asked to be the major photographer. I was very happy they trusted me, but I felt not confident because I was not ready for such an important occasion.
Althought I am going with camara for years, I never try to be a wedding photographer.
Question one is Wedding is a very big thing for new couples and their families. I am not ready for the responsability because of the lack of experience. If there is something wrong with equipment or I miss some pivotal moment, that is realy a crime.
Questiong two is my equipment. I have no qualified flash and lens for the wedding. All of my lens are old and slow, and I only use them for amateur use.
fortunately the two questions can be overcome. My friend said to me frankly: you can do it, take it easy. And I borrowed a set of Canon 5D, and 24-70mm lens and a flash. I tried the kit and find I could not control the exposure properly with aperture-priority or shutter-priority mode when using the flash. I asked a few guys but got no clear instruction. So, I had to use P mode to do the job, the last choice I had to make.
Before the day, I had read some articles and istructions about how to take pictures at wedding, so I know a little what should I do then. The big day was coming. I got up at five o'clock, and reach the bride's home before six. The makeup work just began. So It was my time. from the bride's home, to bridal chamber, and the wedding in the hotel, I began to press the shutter, one after anther, to record every moment that attracted me. Ouch, it's so tired but exciting, all I thought to to leave the most beautiful moment for the couple and all the guests. Fortunately, the couple are satisfied with my work, which set me free. But I know, I have a long way to go.

Comments (18)

Posted by Photoexpress on October 31, 2011
Thank you, Snamfoto, I read your portfolio, your thought is so similar to me. Hope we both have chance to realize our dreams.
Posted by Lobe on October 31, 2011
I especially liked the first and last photos. They such simple and beautiful.
Posted by Photoexpress on October 30, 2011
Thank you very much Debramillet, I hope someone could find me, haha. I wish to be a wild animal photographer since I am in childhood. But I find it is hard to be in good marriage for that photographer. So I prefer to be a normal one and shoot the pictures as good as I can. :)
Posted by Debramillet on October 29, 2011
Sorry didnt mean to rant like that! We have a show in the US called Bridezillas and thats alot of what I dealt with. Your pictures are beautiful and I wish you much success!
Posted by Debramillet on October 29, 2011
Lostarts comment about having pins stuck in his eyes says it all! I did weddings for a long time and it always starts out with a relative or friend, you do it for free, then baptisms, family reunions, always at a discount cause you know them personnally, then friends of them who you dont know come calling,ect. Its great if its your calling and the moneys good, but in the end you have to ask yourself, 'Is this why I wanted to be a photographer?' if the answers No its time to walk away! Good luck either way
Posted by Photoexpress on October 29, 2011
Thank you very much for your kind reply, everyone's!
the wedding photography has no contract, no complain, and I know quite a lot of people attended the ceremony. It is my pleasure to take pictures for them, I really enjoy it. I am not professional and did not profit from commercial job, I hope I can do in the future. But not wedding. :)
Thanks for sharing your stories, Lostarts, Jdanne, Nikon4004, Gmargittai, and Digikhmer. Thanks again for the rest. Hope to read your stories.
Posted by Lostarts on October 28, 2011
I've only photographed a couple dozen weddings but from those experiences, I think I'd rather stick pins in my eyes before I do it again. Also, I won't be the primary photographer at weddings, baptisms, birthdays, etc. for family and friends. Casual photos only. Messing up an occasion for a stranger is bad enough; messing up one for someone close is terrible.
Posted by Laurasinelle on October 28, 2011
Thanks for sharing! Good luck with your images!
Posted by Hunor83 on October 28, 2011
Thank you for sharing.
Posted by Jdanne on October 28, 2011
Around a year ago I was asked from my neighbor to make photos from her family after the confirmation party of her daughter. The mother wanted all photos but I also refused and
selected out the bad ones. I got a nice bottle of whine as a "thank you".
Posted by Nikon4004 on October 28, 2011
Never soot any type of function without a contract that spells out what you are going gh comple/client at the end. Will save a LOT of headaches in the future. Ive been doing weddings for 6 years and have never had a problem becuase of the contract.

Good luck and keep practicing!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Gmargittai on October 28, 2011
Last week I was asked to shoot a baby shower party. Now baby showers are not weddings, it was a much more relaxed atmosphere and a smaller event. I did show up with a large flash on my non professional Panasonic GH1 camera but still people gave me the "respect" they give to the professional photographer. I was a bit stressed out at the beginning but got into the role. At the end of the party they wanted the SD card to copy the pictures straight from the camera. I refused and they were kind of surprised. Told them I need to postprocess the images and also weed out the bad photos.
Gave them 40 pictures the next day out of the 120 photos I took. Eventually they are very happy with the work. And of course the price was good :)
Practice makes a master they say.
Actually some of the photos are quite good and I intend to ask them to sign a release if I can gather to courage.
Posted by Digikhmer on October 28, 2011
Great Job, I have been through this huge request from familly as well. I can imagine your feelings.
Posted by FabioConcetta on October 28, 2011
Thank you for sharing!!!
Posted by Egomezta on October 28, 2011
I'm sure your images will come out fine. Good luck.
Posted by Youths on October 28, 2011
Thank you for sharing!! :)
Posted by Photoexpress on October 28, 2011
know nothing, fear nothing. Fortunately it is not a commercial job, just for the trust of friend. :D Thank you very much for your encouragement, Calyx22.
Posted by Calyx22 on October 28, 2011
I hope that your shots come out great! You are a very, very brave person to shoot a wedding with little to no gear. I can't wait to see some of your images, I'm sure they are lovely. What a good learning experience for you.

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