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My First Wedding.

I photographed my first wedding this June. It was a great experience, everyone was nice and everything flowed rather well despite the stressing conditions. I am a macro photographer, I take pictures of insects and spiders, photographing something as serious as a wedding couldn't have been anymore out of my element. Despite such, I felt good and confident enough about my abilities to get the job done to and above their expectations. While I'm not interested in ever being a full time wedding photographer, I could quite easily see myself in the future doing a few weddings every year if possible for the experience, memories, and for the free food. Yea, the free food.


The wedding was at Poppy Ridge in Livermore California. The ceremony was outdoors, the wind was strong enough to push everyone around, I was forced to shoot when the wind died down for seconds at a time, and the sun was virtually in the worst position it could have been in (hence sunglasses).


When it was time to do couple shots we made our way onto Poppy Ridge's golf course. An employee drove us around on a golf cart that seated six. We went around a small portion of the course to areas of his selection so we wouldn't intervene with people's games nor be struck by golf balls. It was awkward with him choosing where I would shoot, and I was only given twenty minutes for the entire couple shoot! So, each spot selected by the Poppy Ridge employee was visited for just a few minutes. It was very annoying since I really didn't have time to set up anything or take time to think about my composition. Boom in, boom out, absolutely no time could be wasted and none was. I wasn't completely alone though, I had my beautiful partner Alma Madrigal to assist a bit on the little things, as said, everything went so quick so there wasn't really a lot for her to do. But, having her there and next to me, made me feel relaxed and comfortable as I tried to multitask between making the couple feel a part of the photo (I'll elaborate another time), shooting manually with flash, and thinking about composition within the permitted time frame.


So that was my first wedding, perhaps in the future I'll attempt to elaborate on the entire experience, If you're a wedding photographer or have photographed a wedding and are reading this, share with me your first wedding experience in the comment section below!


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Taken on June 9, 2012