I second shot a wedding for my friend Zoe recently.
It was an interesting experience for me as I haven’t really done any second shooting before. I second shot one wedding when I was just starting out but haven’t since, as I’ve been busy with my own weddings.
I enjoyed it. Instead of assuming the usual positions I would shoot from, I was forced to shoot from a different perspective. To find a new angle.
Zoe invited me along to the portrait session with her couple. I took some shots I love, that I might not have taken if it had been my wedding. As there was no expectation on me I felt free to experiment a bit rather than playing it safe.
Sometimes when I shoot a wedding I find myself taking risks and trying new things. Other times I find myself using tried and tested as a fall back.
There are a whole load of reasons why I might end up playing it safe. At a recent wedding it rained and rained and rained. It was also freezing and windy. I was exceptionally aware of the comfort of my couple. When there was a break in the clouds, I took them outside for some portraits. Time was limited. It was cold. As a result I played it safe. I was apologetic about the cold and the time I needed in it. Their comfort (and mine) won over my desire to push myself.
I got some beautiful portraits for them and I know they were thrilled with them but I could have pushed for something more.
There is always the balance, for me, between my clients having an enjoyable experience that doesn’t detract from the main purpose of the day and wanting to create something amazing.
In the rain I kind of want the couple out there, dancing in it, but there’s the expensive outfits and the fact that being soaking wet at your own wedding isn’t all that practical.