Photographing a wedding was never on my bucket list. I bought my DSLR Nikon 5100 early this spring. I had no big dreams or ambitions, I just needed a new camera and decided it was time to go for a ‘real’ camera instead of another point and shoot. I’ve always liked taking pictures. And I enjoyed editing them in Picasa for the past couple of years. I never expected photography to become a passion. I never really even planned to take my girls pics myself when I bought the camera. But over the past six months I have discovered that photography is, indeed, a passion of mine!
I am by no stretch of the imagination a professional photographer! I just love my camera, and I love learning new things it can do, and that I can make it do 🙂 My skills have improved a little in the six months I’ve been practicing. And my total number of pics taken on the camera topped 10,000 pics during the wedding shoot. (I took 1800+ at the wedding) I am now, officially, no longer shooting in auto!! Another 10,000 and maybe I’ll be ready for complete manual!!
Never for a moment did I even think about helping to photograph a wedding when I was researching cameras. But after a few months with my camera, co-hosting a Photography party, and realizing just what all my camera was capable of I found myself offering to be a backup photographer for my cousin’s wedding. She was delighted, I was excited, and all was good.
I asked a friend if she recommended getting a new lens or a flash before this wedding. She recommended the flash, and while I really really want a bigger, better lens I knew she was right. So I began some research on a flash for my camera. I ended up borrowing a flash from my friends father-in-law. I also spent an hour listening to him give me tips on photography and photoshop. Spending some more time hearing his photography knowledge is at the top of my list of things to do!
Simple and sweet, I loved the sleeve detail my cousin added. And yes, that is a cough drop in her hand – I lack the photoshop skills to edit that out so I just left it!
The little details are my favorite. Someday I really want to help photograph a wedding with all kinds of froofy frills and hoopla!
I enjoy photographing food too. Maybe I can work for a food magazine someday 😉
They served grilled hamburgers – the food in the background of this pic is the condiments!
Chocolates instead of mints – my kind of wedding candy!
I will say I think it would be really fun to do this again! What do you think? Should I dream of helping photograph another wedding or should I hang my camera in the closet?