Photographing A Family Wedding

I just found out about a month ago that my niece is getting married.  There has been a little bit of controversy over which family is going to be paying for the wedding and apparently, that’s been settled.  They’re going for the non traditional method and letting the groom’s family handle the proceedings.  Before that happened, I was on the table for consideration of “the” photographer at the wedding.  But, now that the groom’s family is going to be paying for everything, they’ll probably hire a big time professional to take care of that.  I was really excited about it.  I’ve been asking questions online, searching blogs/websites for insight as to what all goes into shooting a wedding from a professional photographer’s point of view.  I actually did a search on Photofocus the other day just to see if there had been any information there in the past done on weddings. There had been, but the interesting thing came the day after I did the search. Scott Bourne did a post specifically giving a few short, helpful tips to photographers who are going to be shooting a wedding.  That might be a shoutout to website analytics, maybe not.  The world may never know.  But, it was a rare and very cool occurrence, indeed.  I’ve also been doing some perusing on Flickr and Google Plus, checking out pictures that people have taken at formal events using the equipment that I have recently acquired.

It actually takes a lot of pressure off of me knowing that I’m not going to be “the guy” that everyone’s going to be looking to for great pictures from the wedding.  I’m an amateur photographer at best, and have never been relied upon to be in charge of photographing such an important occasion.  Though, I have been complimented quite a few times for the good eye that I do have when it comes to capturing a scene in a way that people might not normally think about when just giving something a quick glance.  I’m inspired quite a bit by professional photographers and even movie photographers who can make something as simple as a wasp (something I’m deathly afraid of) look like a work of art.

Up until a couple of months ago, I’d been using nothing but my cellphone and my iPod Touch for basically all of my photography.  I’d never owned a digital camera in my entire life.  Though, I did get to use one once when my mother and I went to one of our local museums.  The caretakers there, who are all volunteers, did give me a few funny looks, (not sure if photography’s allowed there) but they never said anything to me, so I just kind of kept on shooting.  I was using my mother’s Canon PowerShot SX 110 IS.  I’d never held it before, so all of the pictures definitely didn’t turn out the way I would’ve wanted them to, but given that it was my first time with the camera, I don’t think I did too bad of a job.

I’m actually really excited to be going to a wedding with my camera.  That’s going to be a lot of fun. Considering that I’m not going to be the only one there with a camera, and I’m also not “the” photographer responsible for getting all the important shots.  Sure takes a lot of pressure off of me.  I look forward to it and hope it’s going to be a good time for everybody.

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