I haven’t done any bridals or weddings for awhile, and I can honestly say I don’t miss the weddings all that much. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy weddings, full of happiness of two lives joining together into an expected bright future. Taking photos of the wedding is a whole different experience for me.
I actually enjoy the challenge of photographing weddings, yet at the same time I have this underlying dread of “don’t screw it up!” Unlike portrait work, with weddings you don’t have the option of a do-over if you happen to get some settings wrong or miss those all important moments of the day. In the end, my clients have all been happy with the work I have done, so perhaps it is a little lack of confidence that nibbles at me on such occasions.
Bridal shots though can be very enjoyable because in essence they are just a very special portrait session. The dress is typically full of detail, and the bride is all too willing to take as long as you need to get fantastic shots of them in their exquisite gown. I usually try to schedule a bridal session well in advance of the wedding itself, never on the wedding day as there is so much else for the bride to worry about on their special day.
Today’s photo was the exception to that rule. I showed up an hour early for the ceremony and met the bride for the first time; again something against my typical preferences. As a photographer, though, when things are not as you have hoped, act like they are and go with it. This message is one I have always worked by and was repeated in the photo seminar by Kenneth Linge I participated in last weekend. I hope this is one photo he would approve of given his vast experience and talent.
Canon 20D, 70-200L, 1/400 at f/2.8 and 800 ISO
also seen on flickr