Apparently…

Apparently people get worried when I don’t post. Of course, I am supposed to post everyday but I didn’t think not posting would have any impact on my views.

Interesting.

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I had my 3rd & last wedding (at least indefinitely) with Shane today, and it was a blast as always. Wedding photography is hard work and I honestly don’t understand how a photographer does one with a single camera and only themselves. So much is going on and so many moments are there to be captured, a person almost has to tear themselves in 2 or 3 just to get decent coverage. And I won’t even start on the magic of off-camera flash in wedding photography. That’s a whole ‘nother ballgame. (:

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On a different note, I went to an Eric Church concert last night with Dustin. With Justin Moore and Kip Moore. Country music is thee best. <3 I had a blast (despite the young drunk people around us) and am so happy I got to go. Eric Church is badass. (:

That’s all for tonight. I do have a couple things I might touch on in later posts (who knows?) if I get the time. Right now my head is spinning with planning upcoming shoots, dealing with homework, wrapping my head around the stupid college fiasco I found myself in yesterday, and trying to get everything else in my life in some sort of order. Chaos isn’t my best working mode.

Peace.

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My First Wedding Photography ‘Gig’

The number one thing I learned today was that I have a lot to learn. 

 

I woke up, went to Starbucks, and hit the road. The drive went smoothly (I need to get a GPS!) and I made it to my destination an hour early. As soon as Shane & his wife, Becca, got there we went inside and chatted for a bit about what was going to happen and what I needed to do while they set up the lights for the pre-wedding photos. Then people started getting there, meaning the bride and groom. Shane gave me a quick and dirty rundown of what to do in the room with the groom and groomsmen, then he and Becca went to capture the important bride moments.

No, I wasn’t expecting to be left on my own to take pictures on my first day. But it turned out alright.

The bride and groom didn’t see each other until the wedding, so Shane took all the pictures of each of them with families, friends, groomsmen, & bridesmaids. Then the groom got blindfolded and the bride came out for some shots with him. The little flower girl was around pretty much the entire time, and she sang “Tinkle, tinkle, liddle dar” for us. She was too adorable. (:

The ceremony was short and sweet. I was in the back taking wide angle shots during and the closeups before and after. After everyone had congratulated the bride and groom at the end, family photos were taken. Lots of family photos. Then they hit the party bus, and I followed the bride’s mom to the reception. There, I set up the lights for Shane (he was on the party bus) and took detail shots. The reception was breathtakingly beautiful.

Once everyone got there, we just went with the flow. The announcements, the toasts, the kisses, the dances, the garter toss, and the bouquet toss. Shane directed me and assured me the whole way. It was pretty laid back. He gave me pointers throughout, why he does this or that. It was fascinating, the amount of information I couldn’t digest today. xD This is Shane’s second full year shooting weddings full time and I am astounded at everything he’s learned in such a short time. That’s dedication and determination.

All in all, I had an absolutely awesome time, and cannot wait to do it again. It was tiring and back breaking, but the happiness on people’s faces and the emotions of the moment and the sentimentality of the entire day was amazing. Watching the bride tear up 2 minutes before walking down the aisle, seeing old couples dancing, the family and friends. It was just plain awesome. (:

Peace.

I know, I know….

….having a nice camera doesn’t make a photographer. At all.

But. I got the camera I’m going to be shooting with at the wedding…. and I want to melt. The Canon 50D. :D PLUS! My little nifty fifty’s superior brother, the 50 f/1.4. Oh yes, hellllllloooooo swooooooon!

 

 

My little Rebel seems so small compared to this baby. (: And I don’t know how I’m going to go back to my 1.8 after using the 1.4. *sigh* First world problems. But of course I still love my Rebel, and always will. He introduced me to so many things….

I had a meeting with Shane today and we talked about what he wanted me to do, how it normally goes, and the general order of things. All the necessities. Where it’s at, what to expect, and what he expects from me. I’m going to be his second shooter, closely followed by his wife who is normally his second shooter but is just 2 weeks shy of popping out their first little one. Nervous, yes, but mostly excited for this opportunity and seeing how it all works. And how I feel about it.

I’m sure I’ll be posting about it more later. (:

Peace.