In November last year, I did my first ever photoshoot for some family friends. Shortly afterwards, my lovely friend Annelie asked if I would do one for her. She wanted to have some family photos taken while her parents and sister were visiting from Sweden.
The photoshoot took place last Saturday, the day before Annelie’s family left NZ (and the day of her youngest daughter’s 4th birthday). The weather was amazing — too amazing, actually. Sunny, blue skies, not a cloud in sight. Not really ideal photography weather. It was also late morning, so the sun was directly above us. I was concerned about squinting and shadows on faces. Yes, there are some shadows that I wish were not there, but overall I was pretty happy with the results, considering the conditions we had to work with. Annelie & Kelly are happy too, which is all that matters!
Here are a few of my favourites from the day (I have Annelie’s permission to post these) …
Later that afternoon, I was invited to my neighbour Sarah’s house for a glass of wine on the patio. My boys were away, hiking to the top of really tall mountains, so I was grateful for some company. There was another reason for my visit, though. Sarah wants me to photograph her wedding. Next month. My initial reaction (after I started breathing again) was “HELL, NO!” but after chatting with her and Marshall, I realised that it would be the perfect opportunity for me. It’s a second wedding for both of them, they are having it in their backyard (i.e. the other side of my back fence!) and they don’t want formal wedding photos. They just want somebody to capture candid moments throughout the day, of themselves, their kids and all their guests. They don’t want somebody telling everyone where to stand, and they don’t want to worry about making sure Great Aunt Mabel is in the family photo with the happy couple. The whole thing is going to be very relaxed and casual. Sarah has always admired my photos, and thought it would be great practice for me, since I am starting to do a few more photoshoots and I have never done a wedding. It will also take the pressure off them, since they don’t like having formal photos taken. Win-win.
I have to be honest and say I am still quite nervous about it. After all, a wedding is a wedding! But Marshall (he who jumped the fence and came to my rescue when I broke my ankle a couple of years ago) is such a chilled out guy, and told me point blank that it wouldn’t matter if all the photos I took were crap. That made me laugh, because although I often doubt myself and although I am my harshest critic, I know I will get at least SOME great photos!
Wish me luck! Oh, and if any of my super talented photographer friends are reading this, got any tips for me?