JOSH + SUSAN FOWLER
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The Biggest Lesson I Learned at My First Wedding | Business

It’s been 6 years since my first wedding (I was the second shooter).  I lived in South Carolina at the time and drove almost 2 hours to the venue in North Carolina.  I couldn’t even tell you what town it was in– somewhere in the mountains.  A friend was photographing the wedding and wanted some extra help.  I jumped at the opportunity!  And I had a ton of fun.  I was addicted.  I couldn’t wait to get home and edit the photos.  I couldn’t wait to shoot another wedding.  A small part of me was sad because I knew I would never be good enough to do the big weddings that I’d seen on The Knot.  But another part of me just wanted to keep going because if I got to do one a year I’d be a happy woman!

That first wedding, though.  There wasn’t a timeline, and I didn’t have a list of who needed to be in what photo.  I didn’t have a spare battery for my camera because it never crossed my mind.  I had two lenses.  The pictures from that day are rough, but I’m so proud of them because at the time, they were my personal best.

That’s still what I strive for at each wedding- a new personal best!  After every single wedding I look at what was great and what I want to improve on.

 

For that first wedding, I was pretty dang proud of myself for using manual settings and pushing my camera to its limits in low light settings.  On the technical side, I really knew my stuff, and I felt like I worked well with the clients and family.  I loved being around a group of people I didn’t know, learning their personalities, and having the honor of taking their picture on such an important day!

But the biggest takeaway I learned?  It’s my job to take pictures.  I know, it seems like a no brainer, right?

I like being helpful, so when I noticed the cake topper was falling over and about to hit the floor and smash into a million pieces, I dove for it.  The lead photographer?  She took pictures of it falling.  And afterwards I heard someone say,  “Oh my goodness, the cake topper fell over!  Did you get a picture of that?!”

Noted.  While I like to save the day, and it was certainly a nice thing to do, it’s my job to take the photos. Granted, I try to do it all!  But if not, then I have to stick with the job the bride hired me for.

 

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