One week ago I had the pleasure of assisting at my first wedding shoot. I learned SO much and I have the primary photographer, Wes Perry, to thank for that. This was wedding number 27 (ish) just this year for him and he has been a photographer for a few years so I was very eager to watch him work.
First, let’s just talk about the pressure that goes along with shooting a wedding. Seriously. There are no do-overs on this day--you get the shot or you don’t. And the thought of missing an important moment or equipment malfunction occurring is the actual stuff of nightmares for me. Like, a thousand times worse than any ‘showing up for a test in school in your underwear’ kind of nightmare. I can’t even. My palms are sweating just thinking about it. Needless to say, I was nervous going in but thankfully I was there mainly to assist and to learn.
I also knew from my own wedding day that the pace was going to be a little nuts and there would be very little time to eat anything for the majority of the day so I made sure to have a good breakfast. I also packed a bag full of granola bars, water (not enough I learned), fruit, and meal replacement drinks. We got there at 10am in time to take some shots of the girls in the room as they were getting ready. (They were so beautiful!) I tried to stay out of the way and observe as best I could in the small room. The excitement and energy was electric!
It was so nice to be able to be on the sidelines and not only enjoy but to capture on camera all the emotion that comes along with wedding day prep.
The rest of the day unfolded seamlessly. The wedding took place at one of the most beautifully grand churches I have ever been in and the ceremony came complete with a choir and, I’m not even kidding, there was dancing. At the ceremony. (A note to all future brides: can all ceremonies from now on please include dancing?)
Afterward it was off to brave the crazy wind (did I mention, the wind was absolutely WILD that day?) for the formal photo shoot part of the festivities. The bridal party looked spectacular against the backdrop of the leaves at Centennial Park and the pop of the brick walls downtown. Did I mention how fun they were? They were So. Much. Fun.
As I was holding on to the off-camera lights for Wes (ugh, that wind though), I was smiling so much that my cheeks were hurting. So much joy and so much love surrounded this gorgeous couple.
There was one more stop in Riverview to take a photo at sunset next to the water and that was where I called it a day. By 630pm, there had only been time to eat two granola bars and one meal replacement drink. (And no coffee. I repeat….no coffee. I need to figure out how to remedy this in time for the next shoot.) Needless to say I was exhausted and hungry but full of a tonne of new information. And the best part was, I had some great shots in my camera that I couldn’t wait to start editing!
Thanks so much to Wes Perry for making the experience so full of information and for the opportunity to watch you work.
And to the brides of 2019 and beyond--look out, I’m coming for you!