So today is the 27th of January and we are in the midst of a blizzard here in New England. We are getting hit pretty hard, but I guess we were due. A few small snow days here and there made us forget what we're known for, snow. So we are all just hanging out at home and either doing movie marathons or getting things done around the house. For me having free time is great because it lets me catch up on a lot of things. You know that long to do list that you sort of hide away so it doesn't creep up on you, but not too hidden where you might have to re-write your to dos from memory.
But, I find myself with cabin fever and wanting to be outside taking pics or something. Movies don't appeal me much and that wind outside plus the shoveling are making me lazy. I'm going to wait it out another hour or so and hopefully the snow dies down a little.
So, walking around my house I pass my wall of prints. I don't look at them as often as I used to, but I decided to stop and look:
This is the first image on my wall and I recall it fondly. This photo was taken in 2010 before I had a business, before I start doing weddings on my own and before I started using Fuji gear.
This was taken on Martha's Vineyard about 200 ft up from the beach. At that time I was doing macro photography and a few portraits here and there. I was part of a local photography group and I was busy learning as much as possible. One of the other photographers in the group had said he might need some help for this wedding and I told him I'd be interested in tagging along. He said I'd be able to take some photos, but mostly just to help when needed.
I was excited as I had never been to a wedding as a "photographer". At this time I was still shooting in aperture priority and shooting in full manual was fun, but challenging. I remember thinking to myself, " this is the real deal".
I had been curious for a while on whether I'd be able to handle the speed of a wedding, the stress, if my photography skills would translate and obvious not get in the way.
As the day progressed I saw that we weren't just hired help, but an integral part of the day. Being an assistant I felt almost no pressure at all and it was so much fun photographing everything that interested me. Who knew the lighting would change at every turn! In short, I learned a ton that day.
The one thing that really stood out to me was this: I want to photograph weddings!!
When I got home I was eager to review my photos and see how they came out. Of course a lot were average, some were great and others were blah, but it was exciting.
Shortly after helping with this wedding I searched out a wedding photographer looking for a second shooter. I was lucky enough to find someone local who ended up hiring me for 6 weddings. I learned so much from him and also about my own personal style.
I guess my point is that sometimes its nice to take a look back and appreciate how you started.
Please enjoy a few photos from this wedding.