I regularly meet students who have been asked by friends or family to photograph their wedding. One the one hand it's a tremendous privilege to be asked. To think that someone likes and trusts your work enough, that they would ask you to photograph what is probably the most important day of their lives.
Having shot weddings for the last 12 years, I've kinda lost that sense of terror when I'm asked to shoot another one. But I remember my first wedding: a combined sense of wonder and an uncontrollable rush of adrenaline. Excitement and panic, all in one.
When you get asked
I regularly meet students who have been asked by friends or family to photograph their wedding.
One the one hand it's a tremendous privilege to be asked. To think that someone likes and trusts your work enough, that they would ask you to photograph what is probably the most important day of their lives.
On the other hand, few photography jobs I know, fill an inexperienced photographer with more sense of dread. Possibly the word 'Terror' is more apt.
Most photographers are terrified of missing the most important shots of the day, they hate the idea of having to organise wedding guests into the group shots (called 'Formals') and are they sufficiently competent with their camera to ensure they can handle the pressure.
Deciding to shoot a wedding can be a real test of metal.
There's no doubt about it, the learning experience is invaluable... it's just that few photographers would want to use the wedding as a learning tool.
Today's Tog-Talk content
In this Tog-Talk, we initially look at the discipline of 365 day photography. Shooting one photo every day for a year is something this week's guest, Forbes Johnston, has been doing for the last three years. He unpacks some of his thoughts.
The main part of the show though is looking at the wedding question discussed above. We covered a lot of ground with loads and loads of really practical tips to help you on your first wedding.
Some links from the discussion:
WEX Photo & Video
Online Galleries for clients
Take a photo every day for a year
365 Photo Project
Hampshire School of Photography (HSP)
Hampshire School of Photography is based in Fleet, Hampshire, on the border with Berkshire and Surrey.
Its wide ranging curriculum teaches photography to enthusiasts at all levels - from complete beginners and advanced amateurs, through to those who want to go professional.
It does this through workshops and year-long courses that provide solid foundations in (amongst other things): photography theory, composition, portrait & landscape photography, working with flash, macro photography and editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Some of our courses go even deeper… to stretch students with challenging assignments, forcing them out of their comfort zones.
Founder of HSP, Kevin Ahronson, also offers private mentoring to a small number of people each year, as his busy schedule allows
Check out our website for more information about courses, all of which are run at our training centre.
HSP Website: gohsp.com
Free Viewfinder Workshops
Blog: The Photography Teacher
Facebook: Hampshire School of Photography
Contact us on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forbes has been using a camera for many years and taking it with him around the world as he travelled for his work.
His style is abstract, preferring to let the image speak for itself, utilising the subject's colour, texture and form do the talking.
Forbes attended a free workshop run by the Hampshire School of Photography May 2019 and from there went on to book onto our One Year Masterclass course. Having completed that, Forbes will be joining Kevin's Inner Circle from April this year.
From the beginning of 2022, Forbes took over the role of managing the student online Community called the HSP Academy and more recently he joined the team responsible for running the newly-form students' Photography Club..