In August 2019 I shot my first wedding. A childhood friend approached me and she asked me to do this for them. I was reluctant at first, and even all the way up to the eve of the wedding I was wondering how I could back out.
On the day, I was more comfortable and relaxed than I anticipated. It turned out to be a wonderful experience that wasn’t without mishaps. My second shooter was as inexperienced as I was, and she forgot to shoot in RAW which made editing tricky. She also only handed me a handful of images instead of the full amount I requested.
My equipment wasn’t nearly as good for wedding photography as I anticipated. I had one camera body (which should be fine with having a second shooter), a 35mm prime which was a great lens under low light conditions (but meant the scope was limited), and an 18-105mm kit lens which gave me more reach but wasn’t any good for the ambient light without raising my ISO too high.
Despite the issues I faced, the bride and groom were very happy with the images I presented to them.
I have since invested in a 24-70mm f2.8 lens which is a highly versatile lens and will be great under low light. A 70-200mm f2.8 lens on a second camera body would mean I have a wide focal range and can shoot wide open under standard church lighting conditions.
As much as I enjoyed shooting this wedding, I doubt I’d have been so comfortable if it wasn’t the wedding of a friend. I haven’t photographed another wedding since and I wasn’t sure I wanted to, until recently when I’ve been thinking about what to do for my future.
If I choose to photograph more weddings, rather than diving in at the deep end a second time, I could (and should) engage with professional photographers in my area and ask to assist them.