A week after my first wedding I was shooting my second. My coffee consumption had increased and I’d worked through most of the disappointment with my photos from Jenn and Chris’ Wedding. My disappointment had certainly lingered for a few days, it wasn’t because my photos were dreadful. They were okay. But they weren’t what I had wanted to create, I hadn’t met my own, albeit ridiculously high, expectations of hitting my first Wedding out of the park and creating excellence. I may be, at times, a little bit of a perfectionist and I needed to let that go.
It was four days before I looked at the photos, with every single one; my exposure was off. Completely off. My ISO wasn’t high enough and I wasn’t compensating for that. It’s one of those situations where I could go back and question my motives; why not, what if etc. But that’s how learning works, sometimes you have to learn through things not working out at all and trying again. And again. And again. Luckily for me Connor and Danny’s wedding gave me that another chance.
The overall outline of the day was similar; hair and make-up, getting dressed, portraits, ceremony, party. Ish. Knowing this basic outline meant that I could almost keep up; I could concentrate more on making better shots because I knew sort of what to expect next. My shots are definitely better and I’m pleased. I still have a long way to go but the difference between my first and second Weddings is like night and day.