The First Wedding I Photographed and the Lessons I Learned

by | Feb 19, 2019 | 0 comments

In 2013 I photographed my first wedding. We were students at university and I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished. But I didn’t think wedding photography was on the cards. I just didn’t have the confidence or skills, I couldn’t be trusted to capture someones wedding! Could I?

Student Proctor

While at studying photography at university I got a job working in the photography studios and darkrooms of an evening. I loved it. I met some great photographers and had a great time being surrounded by all things photography.

This job was usually reserved for second year students. First year’s were too new and third year’s were meant to be working hard. But me and a friend were lucky enough to hold the job down in both our second and third years. (I also had another part time weekend job – I’ve no idea how I survived that final year and went on to graduate with a first class degree!)

The Opportunity

While working at uni, an opportunity presented itself. A staff member asked if I’d photograph her wedding. It was both her and her now husband’s second wedding. 

I immediately said no. No, I can’t! I’ve never photographed a wedding before! I don’t know what I’m doing! I can’t even take pictures! These were among some of the thoughts that crossed my mind. Somehow myself and another student I worked with agreed to photograph the wedding.

The Wedding

I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, and just instinctively took photos of everything I thought was important (which was mostly everything). From details, the first kiss, the first dance, the food, candid moments of the guests. I just photographed away.

I didn’t realise then I had a bit of a knack for capturing natural photographs. Surveying the crowd looking for the next moment, it was quite exhilarating.

The day passed so quickly and before we knew it, we were headed home.

After the Wedding

We delivered the photos to a very happy bride and groom who sent us back a lovely thank you card. The feeling from that was intense, we’d done this thing.

I realised the impact of how important it was and that we’d captured something really special for this happy couple.

We were just grateful for the opportunity. 

I learned wedding photography didn’t have to be a strict and posed environment. It could be natural, relaxed and fun!

I realised I love telling people’s stories, and I loved doing it in a natural way.