"Stop Shooting T-Ball Weddings Like T-Ball Weddings"
My first wedding is NEXT WEEKEND and I couldn't be more nervous. I'm excited and nervous. I'm excited because I cant believe I'm actually shooting a wedding. A REAL wedding. Yes, its a small wedding, yes I'm using the grooms equipment (which would be completely unethical if I booked them), and no I'm not getting paid but I just cant believe that I am shoot a WEDDING. Oh, and yes, I'm shooting it by myself. I shouldn't have to mention that weddings are a big deal and you only get one shot to do it right and if it isn't done right you run the risk of your business crumbling to the ground before it even gets a chance to get off the ground. So what should you do, shoot like your life depended on it. And that's exactly what I'm going to do.
I saw a video on Youtube from CreativeLIVE and Jasmine Star was explaining why you should always shoot a wedding like how you would WANT to shoot your future weddings. Long story short the quote she used, which was from Zack Arias, was "Stop shooting t-ball weddings like t-ball weddings." That particular quote was used because Zach told a story of a photographer who wanted to shoot the World Series and was stuck shooting T-Ball games. He was very frustrated that no one knew his talent but then he realized that he wasn't showing anyone his true talents. He was shooting T-ball games LIKE t-ball games. One day he realized that he needed to shoot those games as if he was shooting the World Series. From that point on people recognized and praised his works and low and behold a few years later, he shot the World Series.
Just because a wedding isn't the biggest, most expensive wedding, doesn't mean that I wont shoot it like one. Any person, friend, client, whatever you want to call them who is getting married deserves the BEST pictures their photographer can produce. Photography is the most important vendor in the entire wedding. It captures memories of a couple's special day that they want to remember for the rest of their lives. If I don't shoot a wedding to the best of my abilities, I'm not capturing memories and not giving my best. I refuse to do that.
I'm confident that I know what I'm doing and I'm confident that the pictures will look great but just the fact that someone has given me the chance to photograph their special day means more to me than a lot of people realize. I don't go around saying I want to shoot weddings or a want to become a professional photographer for no reason. I mean it. I may not have the means or the money to get the equipment that I want, but equipment is only as good as you make it. Every single picture that has been posted on this blog thus far has been shot with a 50mm f1.4 lens. Would I like an 85, a 35, a macro, a 24? Of course, but its not whats going to make me shoot with a better style. Will my style change and the quality of the images get better with time, absolutely. I am really lucky that Chris has a lot of great equipment that I am going to be using but even if I was shooting with just a 50mm I would shoot every part of the wedding day like I was shooting with a variety of lenses.
I know that Chris and Vanessa will have a BEAUTIFUL wedding because of their love. If there was no love they wouldn't be getting married. I cant wait to capture all their moments of love and happiness on that day and share them with you all.
On that note, I guess I am more excited than nervous. And that's a good thing : )