So here it is...our first wedding!! Before I got married 7 years ago I had never even been to a wedding. Since then, I have been to a few, maybe 5, and only been in a couple...so when we decided to start shooting weddings, I knew I had a lot to learn. I turned to the internet, and Google. I started researching the different so-called "must have" shots, all the preaching of how to do this and how to do that, everything that other wedding photographers had been doing. After shooting more engagements, and hearing more of the same thing...that it was my style that made them pick me, I decided to stop looking at what other photographers had been doing and pushing as the rules of wedding photography...and just shoot our first wedding my way.
So, thats what I did. Sandi and I discussed a game plan prior to the wedding, but only our different responsibilities throughout the day. As far as the actual photography aspect of our planning, it was simple...keep things the same. I had a film camera in my bag and the D800 in my hand most of the day. When I needed Sandi's help with posing or positioning people she put her D700 down, but the rest of the day she was shooting away. When we got back home around 12:30 that night, we couldn't believe how exhausted we were, and immediately threw all the memory cards on the desk to start uploading. Once the last card was done...1132 RAW images! Damn.
Here are a handful of the shots we got, a big handful, but enough to tell the story of Donna and Tom's wedding day...from beginning to end. It took a little longer to edit than first expected, but we wanted to take our time on each and every image and make sure we gave them what they had asked us for. We ended up giving them 250 images total.
Do we have room for improvement? Absolutely. A lot, but only because Im extremely hard on Sandi and I when it comes to this business, and I think that it shows in our work and what we've been able to accomplish in less then a year.
I hope everyone can get an idea for how we shoot a wedding. Our only real goal at the end of the day is to capture the moments that matter. As for the style, call it whatever you want, but its the way that I would want my wedding to be shot if I could go back and do it again. I thought that was the best approach to take.
Enjoy! Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts. Thanks!