8 Dec 2008
This fall, I had the great opportunity of photographing a wedding and being assistant photographer to my digital photo teacher. The date took place on October 11th and was the wedding of my two English teachers, Sarah and Brian.
The day started out arriving at the church and scoping out where we would set up group shots and where it was appropriate to shoot from during the ceremony. Before guests and the bride arrived, we managed to get great pictures of the groom along with the best man and other groomsmen. Then, I waited outside to get shots of the arrival of the bridesmaids and the bride herself. We proceeded to photograph the entire ceremony, the bride and groom greeting guests in the church's lobby, and the exit of the bride and groom from the church doors (surrounded by bubbles!)
Then it was on to the reception, where we arrived before most of the guests and were able to get great pictures of the "country wedding style" reception hall. It was complete with out door set-ups for photo-ops (sweet!), a tent for the dining and the dancefloor, and flowers EVERYWHERE. Once people started arriving, we took photos of almost every combination of relatives, friends, and the wedding party possible. It was a long process but most of the pictures turned out great due to a flowery gazebo and great weather. We also got some amazing shots of just the bride and groom together at the many different set-ups.
Next, everyone was seated in the large white tent at their respective tables for the introduction of the wedding party and the newlyweds. Each pair would walk from inside the building, out through a flowery white walkway (which i stood at the beginning of and colleen stood at the end of) and into the tent. After getting photos of the maid of honor and best man speeches, we were able to take a short break while the guests ate. Running around all day was getting so exhausting!! Then, it was to the dance floor to photograph the most fun part of the entire day. I would occasionally look across the room to see colleen looking like she was secretly dying to dance.
After most of the people settled down, it was time for the big long-awaited parts of the night, the cutting of the cake and the announcement of the honeymoon. The only problem was, the bride and groom had yet to find out where they were going on their honeymoon, it was being kept as a surprise for them from the bride's parents!! Once the moment came, the bride's father gave them clues to guess the destination and they finally figured out that they were going to cancun. Just imagine the awesome reaction pictures that we got!
Finally, it was the end of the night and I was exhausted and ready to go home. Though it was a very very busy day, I did learn alot. First of all I learned that alot of patience is needed to photograph weddings, considering that not everything always goes as planned. Also patience for long and tedious group shots (bride and groom with dad and mom, bride and groom with step-dad and mom, bride and groom with step-mom and dad, etc etc), because in the end the final product was worth it to be able to give Sarah and Brian pictures of their big day. Last but not least I learned to always come prepared in a photo job, because I cannot count how many times we had a memory card issue, hah! I can say that I do look forward to doing more wedding photography in the future.