I've never been shy about trying to learn new things. Whether it's been learning how to crochet, fly fish, welding, XHTML, PHP, and CSS, even photography. From the day we're born until the day we're put in the dirt the process continues. We learn something new every day.
That being said, I have been asked on a couple of occasions if I do photograph weddings. As most can guess by the lack of wedding photos, I have yet to do any. That would not stop me from trying, but let's be real. On what could be considered the most important day for just about every woman I have ever met (or probably ever meet for that matter), "I haven't shot a wedding before...but I sure could give it a whirl!" isn't quite the answer a potential client would be interested in hearing.
Having never shot a wedding before, how is it I would even know whether or not I would be interested in pursuing such a task. I certainly don't want to find out twenty minutes into what could quite possibly be a couples most important day to figure out weddings just aren't my cup of tea. That would most likely end up with a bride's (even worse, her mother) head exploding and repeatedly stabbing me in the face with a bouquet. That would be bad, and that I'm sure...is an understatement.
Over the past couple of months I have tried to consume just about whatever I can get my hands on with regards to photographing weddings. Whether it's articles online or in print, subscription based "tutorials", you name it. About the only thing I haven't done...is shoot a wedding. You can read anything and everything on weddings, but if you don't get your hands dirty and put any of that knowledge to use...all that reading is pointless.
A couple weeks ago, I decided to reach out to Danae Spelas of Danae M. Spelas Photography, to do a little networking and offer my assistance to her to see what it's all about. While that would mean I would be playing third string, I didn't care. What was most important to me was to see how she interacted with the client, how she approached the big day itself, and what her strategy was to capturing the day for her client. Assisting her would offer me a bit of experience without the pressure of being the lead photographer.
Ms. Spelas was open to the idea and graciously invited me to shoot a wedding this weekend. Of course, I jumped at the offer. While I was quite excited to try something new, I was somewhat apprehensive. To my surprise, it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Everyone involved, including the bride, groom, each set of parents, guests, and Ms. Spelas were all friendly, hospitable, and great to work with! I did learn a few things, some I did well...and a few not so well that need some improvement. I'll save that story for another day.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Wasson on their big day! Thank you to Danae Spelas for inviting me to tag along! I greatly appreciate the opportunity, the experience, and look forward to working with you again!