A colleague had seen some of my formal and candid portraits and, being on a budget, asked if I'd take the post-ceremony group shots of her daughter's wedding at a local church for £100. Although many people here would have advised against it, I jumped at the opportunity of shooting a wedding and offered to take pre-ceremony shots as well, in order to gain the experience and build-up my portfolio.
Cameras were not allowed during the ceremony and photos at the Reception, the throwing of the bouquet and the send-off were to be taken by the bride's father using his Nikon D40. Therefore, I was there from 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Being an amateur, I began reading many wedding photography books for instructions and ideas. I summarised the key points and printed them onto pocket-sized cards to act as prompts.
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Tamron 50-135mm f2.8
13 SELECTED SHOTS
I thought I'd post ten shots, with a link to the full gallery, but as it was difficult being so selective, here's 13 (even though it's regarded as an unlucky number by some):
The online Wedding Gallery, which I also created for the family, can be viewed at:
http://www.tufalphotography.co.uk/amyan ... 09wedding/
The pre-wedding shoot, when I met the couple, discussed their requirements, bounced ideas off them and got to know them can be viewed here:
If anyone would like to download original size images in order to analyse them, do ask. All processing for the wedding shoot was done in Canon's DPP, apart from the polaroid style photo.
I know that not all of the photos are perfect but the family know I'm an amateur and were so happy that they gave me a cheque for £150 along with a "Thank You" card for taking some great photos. Also, I certainly learnt a lot from the experience.
Just the other day, my colleague brought into work a large canvas print of one of my shots (IMG_8016, a pose taken at the couple's specific request) that will go on her living room wall. It was about 30x20" and I was impressed with how sharp it is.
Any comments and/or advice are most welcome, as are any questions.