Ever wonder what it is like to be a wedding photographer? Ever thought that it would be an easy job, just pick up a camera and point at the brides & grooms? I don't mean by using iPhone nor iPad ;) Simple? Believe me, it is never that simple. It took me years of understanding what customers want, album design, creative, posing or non-posing.
I remember when I first started out in wedding photography back in 2006 and I was an assistant to another photographer. I thought I would rather get some experience before going alone. Always learn some good and even bad points from any photographers. They are all different and work in their own way to make sure they achieved what their customers want. So I was a bit shy and nervous to observe to people to get some good shots and I realised back then that there was no time to be shy. I had to be firm, I had to be bossy, I had to shout, I had to make things happen in order to get that creative image that I had in my mind that I thought it would be amazing for that client. It is safe to say that it work. I am glad about that.
By next year, I have been a wedding photographer for 10 years and most of my wedding jobs taken place mostly outside Manchester. Only two were in Manchester. Not that I am complaining. I enjoy travelling, it's in my blood. I even travel to Stevenson on the day the Olympics opening ceremony in 2012 and stay overnight in the car just so I could get to the wedding on time the next morning. I remember this wedding very well, it was a wedding where a mother of the bride discovered that she lost her hearing and was panicking that she would not be able to follow her daughter's wedding and I came to save the day by providing a wedding video with subtitles. If you want to see some sample of this video see below -
It isn't easy to be a photographer, a videographer or even being hard of hearing person who has to work twice as hard to make sure my clients get what they asked for. Okay I may missed some conversation that was said behind my back ( my microphone from the implant doesn't pick up from behind me meaning I missed any opportunity that could solve the problem/save the day/inspire them for photos. Whatever it was, there wasn't anything that I could do unless they tell me face to face. I could only use my disadvantage in to advantage by creating a moment that I knew would be beautiful photos. I'm only human.
So it is best to get some experience before going alone, even attend some photography & Photoshop workshop and meet other photographers. I learnt a great deal from these and look where it take me.
without it, I wouldn't have learn how to use Off the camera Technique, how to save photos from blinking people into all open eyes in the group shot. yes you blinker people giving me all the work ha! nah! I don't mind. I just know when to stop and which to work on.
Can you spot a blinker?
On a finally note - I wanted to say that being a wedding photographer meant working every weekends all the way through summer and if you do have a full time job on top like myself, be sure to find some "me" time whenever you can to avoid being burnt out. Now that the wedding season is now over for this year, I can be sure to catch up with other projects that I am hoping to do. There's steampunk, corset projects, improving skill in creating fantasy art on wedding which I am sure future clients would like. Here one below. I bid you goodnight and I'll see you next time. Manda