Wedding Woes

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Friday affirmed my original position on photography: I don’t want to be a wedding photographer.  I already knew that it’s hard work, you have to be very organized to pull it off and have to work well with people.  In other words, you have to perform.  That ain’t me, folks.  I have no problem pulling out my camera and having fun with it when I’m at weddings but I do not want to be a wedding photographer.  Nope.  Never.

Part of the problem is I psych myself out.  I felt like a fish out of water Friday evening, I couldn’t get my equipment to operate the way I wanted it to, that stupid Black Widow of an accessory flash did not play nice in the sandbox and let’s just say I’m disappointed in myself.  I walked away with a small handful of nice shots but they aren’t the caliber I was expecting from me.

I did shoot the ceremony shots with Granger’s Canon EOS 20D with a 28-70mm f/2.8 lens slapped on there.  That was fun but once the show started… ahhhhh!  I’ve never fumbled so much in my life!  And let me state for the record that the ceremony set up was as ’bout as wonky as a chocolate factory; the audience was at least 15 feet from the altar because there was a massive garden between them.  That made things a bit more challenging so us photographers played zones.  Inside the banquet hall… butter fingers.

The entire evening I was a ball of nerves; I got the shakes at about 7:30 because I hadn’t eaten since lunch and I basically passed out on the drive home.  I can honestly say I haven’t been this disappointed in myself in a while.  But at least I managed to get a few shots.  I haven’t been able to see what Granger and eMohn got yet but I’m guessing it’s better than my measly pickens of pictures.  More to come later… I need to get over myself first.

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May 17, 2010 - 9:49 am

Debbie - Don’t be so hard on yourself, boo! You probably did as good a job as anybody could have, considering it was your maiden voyage and all! Besides, count your blessings you weren’t the ONLY photog at the event — and pray the others caught the shots you missed! Your friends love ya and they’ll understand.

May 17, 2010 - 10:01 am

katie o. - stop beating yourself up silly! i have no doubt you got some great shots. and just remember, this was your first attempt. if you were perfect, I’d punch you. :) and i mean that with nothing but love.

May 17, 2010 - 11:17 am

emohn - Still editing mine. :( Equally disappointed in my pictures. As it turns out, I am *much* more comfortable with sports and candid action stuff. All of my pictures were verry journalistic in approach – i.e. I was documenting the event with photos, rather than creating anything that could be mistaken for art. One thing I noticed about the pics you’ve uploaded is that you saw the details and saw the photo in the scene. I was trying to shoot the scene in every frame and missed a lot of the details (e.g. hands, flowers, etc). Your close up stuff and the detail shots you got are *great*. You do not need to beat yourself up over it and I’d be proud to have taken those. I’ll be uploading mine tonight – quantity versus quality. :( Hopefully some keepers hidden in the bunch. Granger said he got “some strong shots” so I think between the three of us, we’ll give them what they need.

May 17, 2010 - 11:17 am

Wendi - Boo, we are our own worst critics. But if you didn’t enjoy the experience, then you didn’t enjoy the experience. There’s nothing wrong with that.

May 17, 2010 - 11:40 am

shutterboo - Well Granger’s done it before – so I’m happy to hear he got some good stuff. I, however, do not want to hear what he has to say about the photos I took with his 20D. :(

May 17, 2010 - 6:07 pm

elizabeth - I bet it wasn’t as bad as you think…. But, I am in the same camp; I have turned down weddings for the very reasons you gave in an earlier post.
Hang in there. Count it as a learning experience. With three of you photographing the event, I bet there are more good pics than you realize.
My hat is off to you for attempting the shoot,
E.

May 17, 2010 - 6:46 pm

geekgirl415 - I”m just impressed you did it! You’re so brave!

May 18, 2010 - 8:12 am

Melissa - I felt every ounce of your pain there. I shot a wedding for a friend and was sick the entire time. She was happy with what I got. I was “eh” about the whole thing. Weddings are full of too much pressure for me too! Don’t be too hard on your self though… move on to the next fun thing you love to do, and pass up the next wedding til you are comfortable

May 18, 2010 - 8:16 am

shoutabyss - Look on the bright side – at least you weren’t in the ceremony! :)

Seriously, though. I have to agree. I would be scared out of my wits to take on that sort of commitment. The pressure would be enormous. And I’ll bet your work is way better than you think because the other stuff is affecting your opinion.

You said photographers. Plural with an “s.” I guess that means it wasn’t all on you. I’ll bet when combine the best shots from all of you it’s going to be great.

I know what you mean about feeling like a fish out of water. Sometimes I’ll take journalism shots at government meetings. It feels weird to jump out of your seat and wander the room for angles. If you want the shot, though, that’s something you just have to get over. I imagine it is something similar at weddings.

May 18, 2010 - 9:45 am

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