Wedding Day Jitters

It was a beautiful day - love was in the air…ok, this beginning is a little cliché-ish.

So, I had the pleasure of capturing some memorable images during my friend’s recent wedding. I sensed her heighten anxiety just a few days prior to the event when the hired photographer bailed on them. Initially, I was just supposed to be a guest…and just like that, I became her photographer. I agreed with the disclaimer that “I don’t really do weddings”. You see this was my first wedding. I couldn't mess it up – there are no “do-overs”.

The day prior to the "big day" I was so nervous. I checked and tripled checked my camera, my batteries, flashes…I was armed with a plan. I had a backup plan. I even had a backup plan to my backup plan - I had no idea what to expect.

My nervousness was centered on missing key moments, not getting the right exposure, or worse, getting a ton of blurry images of this once in a lifetime event. I wanted to get the perfect images.

Breathe...click...click...click...breathe.

And just like that, it was over. I did it…my first wedding!

While in the military, I was taught to always conduct an AAR or “After Action Review” after every significant training event…in this case, the Wright’s wedding was my training event.  I self-critiqued myself - what could I have done better, what did I do well, what areas could I fine tune; I had a few, "next time I will" moments. 

Overall this was a great experience. It was a ton of work and something I may consider doing in the future. 

So here is to capturing their moments “in between the dash”.