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:
- All cameras are pretty much equal, but a high quality lens makes a world of difference.
- Always ALWAYS shoot RAW. (My college teachers really did know what they were talking about).
- Allow enough room for cropping when shooting the image. Let the subjects breath in the frame of the photograph.
- Adobe Lightroom™- This one piece of software has saved me countless hours culling, editing, color correcting, cropping, and retouching.
- Photoshop Actions that I use now to speed up the retouching process.
- Knowing all the truly important shots that really matter to a couple.
- White balance… Thought I knew then, but now I know how off it was looking at these photographs on a calibrated monitor.
- 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