I was asked by my wife’s friend Cindy if I would shoot her wedding as a second photographer. The venue was the Seven Stars in Totnes and I was asked if I could get some casual shots which the other photographer would be taking more of the formal shots. I had not shot a wedding before, I did not ask for any money so the pressure was off. It was a rainy day which added a degree of difficulty trying to get good shots especially as inside the venue and the grooms house was a bit cramped with so many people.
I arrived at their house and met some of the family including the groom Chris.I tried to put them at ease joking around a bit and chatting. Not all people liked to be photographed and it takes confidence to shoot people you don’t really know, something that I hope to get more of LOL. It was also a great way to start learning to use my flash a bit more, bouncing, diffusers, manual/TTL etc.
The ceremonial room only really allowed for one photographer in front of the couple so I stayed at the back and shot the viewing audience and then as the bride and groom exited. I also made a point of capturing the table decorations that Cindy had made as those are the things that you also often want to remember especially if you have made them yourself.
I got 650 shots which I whittled down to 350 and eventually 220 of the day and I also prepared a DVD slideshow of the photos to music some of which they had at the wedding (taking mental notes). I would certainly do it again, having a bit more of an insight of what is required, and enjoyed it as capturing people can be a little tricky unless they are expecting to be photographed. Thanks to Cindy & Chris for giving me permission to post the photos.