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Wedding Throwback- My First Wedding as THE Photographer – Circa 2005

When I converted to a new website and blog site, one thing kept nagging at me. . . How the heck am I going to get 9 years worth of work back onto my site and blog? Further more, how will it be cohesive with my more recent work? Well, a little inspiration was drawn from everyone’s Throwback Thursday. I decided to do a weekly post of a wedding from years past. Problem solved!

This is the first wedding I photographed; not as an assistant and with no one to help. I will never forget the pulsing sensation of adrenaline, nerves, and more nerves. Did I mention I was incredibly nervous??? Thank god for this easy going and fun couple, they put my mind to ease rather quickly. Looking back now, I realize how much I have learned. Crazier still- seeing how I have evolved as a photographer and artist over the last 9 years. So cheers- to me sharing a glimpse of my journey as a wedding photographer with you. This wedding was photographed with my (now) husband’s Nikon D70, the camera that began my career!

Another fun fact: Their officiant was in a band called Skanking Pickle back in the day.

Things I know now, that I wish I would have known or had then:

  1.  All cameras are pretty much equal, but a high quality lens makes a world of difference.
  2. Always ALWAYS shoot RAW. (My college teachers really did know what they were talking about).
  3. Allow enough room for cropping when shooting the image. Let the subjects breath in the frame of the photograph.
  4. Adobe Lightroom™- This one piece of software has saved me countless hours culling, editing, color correcting, cropping, and retouching.
  5. Photoshop Actions that I use now to speed up the retouching process.
  6. Knowing all the truly important shots that really matter to a couple.
  7. White balance… Thought I knew then, but now I know how off it was looking at these photographs on a calibrated monitor.
  8. Always get a contract from your clients… Teeheee! I went looking for theirs for their exact wedding date and don’t have one. Too funny