It's been a LONG time since I posted.
Far too long. I'm having the trouble, that I hope most other 20 year olds have too, which is finding balance. Between work, family and friends, trying to find time and energy to edit has been (for the first time) hard for me. With pressure mounting as you get older, it's a little overwhelming... and you often feel like hiding away from extra work, when all you've done all day is be up on your feet trying to save up for that next lens, that next camera body! But recently I've found that editing actually relives me of my stress, rather than adding to it. It feels great to be doing what I love, and to see my photography and myself developing. I surprised myself with thinking the other day how much I actually like my week being jam packed, and that I'm pushing myself to do more and more. Far better than sitting at home all day, searching for things to fill my hours.
Anyway, enough about my epiphanies.
Jade and Richard's wedding took place at Woodbury Park, just outside of Exeter. It was such a beautiful day, and all family and friends were a laugh and loved being silly for the camera. Especially when Gareth got out the prop box at the end of the evening for the photo-booth! Unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures here (far too dark for me without a good flash), which you can see here on Gareth's blog - http://grwphotography.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/wedding-photography-at-woodbury-park/
Jade and Richard's enthusiasm for good photographs was an added bonus. Whilst my preferred shots are the candid's, the couples photographs are going to be the ones that the husband and wife are going to be 'awww-ing' over in years to come. Despite the fact that it was FREEZING outside, Jade was determined to stay outside for as long as possible. Richard kept on checking on her to see if she was okay and she just kept repeating "It's alright, I want good photo's".
Looking back through all the wedding's I've done so far, I find that most of my favorites are amongst the speeches. I had the opportunity this weekend to see what it was like to be on the other end of the lens for a change at my Uncle's wedding; where Gareth was also the photographer! And to be honest, I really didn't notice Gareth was there. I always worry that people are made uncomfortable by the photographers presence, but in reality, you're so caught up in the day that the photographer is the last thing on your mind! It's a relief to know really, that people aren't annoyed with me shoving a camera in their face (though this is going by my personal experience!)
I have my first wedding (as the professional photographer rather than the second shooter) in July this year. The ceremony is going to be held at Haldon Belvedere, a stunning location which has some amazing photo opportunities! The bride and groom were lovely, friendly people and I'm so excited to be shooting their wedding for them!
In the meantime, I'm shooting more weddings with Gareth and cramming in as much practice as possible.
More photographs to follow soon!