Stepping out of your comfort zone
Now, those of you who know me are aware I don't do weddings. Never have done....and those of you who don't know me, are also up to speed.
They were always an area of photography I just had no interest in doing.
However...earlier this year the lovely Sally Evans (Of Sally Evans Photography, who I have known for several years now & has always been extremely helpful with advice when I was getting my own business off the ground) got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to work as a Second Shooter at a couple of weddings she was doing in the summer, as her regular second shooter was unavailable.
So, although I could only cover one of the events I decided I would go for it. Take a leap into an arena I don't usually do and force myself to learn some new skills.
My brief for the day - capture the Groom & Best Man pre-ceremony, the rings, the venue and a range of candid shots from a distance.
Working under Sally's expert guidance, I actually found that I really enjoyed the day, all the guests were so friendly and relaxed, happy to work with Sally to get the pictures all of which made my life so easy. It was great to be able to just look up and get the nod or a pointer from Sally to make sure I was in the right place for the next set of shots, there really is so much going on at once unlike the usual commercial work I undertake.
What did I learn from this?
That when you have the chance, you really should just go for something new.
Do something you don't do every day. Take on new challenges.
It definitely helped me grow even more as a photographer and was very glad I decided to give it a go.
Will I be moving into this field permanently though...no, that is not going to happen...I just enjoy the commercial world far greater and will remain within that arena.
A selection of the images I took from the day are below...the rings, the sign & the Groom & Best Man were setup by myself, the group photos were those setup by Sally Evans where I was capturing the action from further back.