I’ve been doing more prepping, planning, and organizing. As I grow my business, I want to be focused and be inspired and not feel distracted. Getting rid of old magazines, throwing away ‘memorabilia’. One area that is taking a little longer than I anticipated is my file cleanup. It has been nice to go back and look at old photos throughout my wedding photography journey. A few files that really caught my eye was from the very first weddings I shot. This was not a planned wedding, and it was a favor for my husbands friend. They had no idea this very first wedding and was just happy that I volunteered to do it. I was very nervous, so when the day came, I just showed up. I had about a week to prepare. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I did not have a wedding ceremony when I got married, so I did not know what was important to take photos of, and what type of photos to take. At that point in my photography, it was a more of a hobby and not a business. I was still learning and perfecting my skills. I was doing studio style shooting using strobe lighting and working with models. So,this wedding, this event, was a major one.
I did little research on weddings, wedding photographs, brides etc. but I really did not know how it was going to go. I just assessed my environment and set up my flashes. I didn’t have a high end professional DSLR, so my ISO (light sensitivity on my camera) was not equipped for dark spaces. I used what I had and went with it. These are some of the images I captured back in 2007.
As I reflect, I know what my limitations were with equipment and experience. However, I’m happy to know that I captured this couple’s special day. I’m also happy at the progress I’ve made as a wedding photographer. I did not know at that time that it would become a passion of mine today. After this, some time had passed and I did not shoot many weddings, until I eventually met a wedding photographer at my gym, signed up for a workshop, met other wedding photographers and did a lot of second shooting (shout out to Stephanie, Jennifer, and Ashton). These shutter sisters helped me learn, grow and become confident in my craft.
Fast forward to the next wedding I did by myself in 2014. This was at Doukenie Vineyard in Virginia. I was so blessed to meet a newly engaged bride to be (surprisingly at my gym). Not only did I do their engagement photos, I also did their wedding photos. They were perfect. These are some of their wedding images.
So when I look back and look at others, I’m am happy where I am and where I’m going. I am always growing and learning and blessed to surround myself with confident, encouraging, and empowering creatives. I’m excited for this year and looking forward to shooting more weddings!
Light + Love