Recently, just before the hectic and life-draining company anniversary dinner which I have poured out my whole heart into, I was given the opportunity to help out Chun Chow in a photography assignment. His friend Mao was getting married, hence I really appreciate this opportunity to give this wedding photography thing another go, and do what I can to improve from the previous attempts. This wedding style was quite new to me too, since it involves church wedding which I have not had the chance to shoot yet. There is always the first time for everything, and yeah, this session has been quite an eye opener to me.
Up to date, I have only covered a small number of weddings, mostly very toned down, and smaller in scale. They were all relatively simple. Mao and Cat's wedding was the most energy demanding wedding I have come across so far. Their schedule fitted almost everything in one single day: starting from the morning house sessions, the tea ceremony, the church ceremony, the registration, all the way to dinner session at night. Chun Chow and I woke up at 5am in the morning, to got ourselves ready for the make-up session that started at ungodly 6am. We went out the whole day, and the schedule only allowed us some free time in the afternoon, which we have fully utilized to select best 40 photos, edit them, and made a simple slide-show for the coming night time dinner. There was simply no time to catch our breath until the dinner ended at 11pm. When we got home, it was already pass midnight. That was more than a full day's job !!
Though the session was physically and mentally draining, but I did find thrill and excitement throughout the entire day. My skills have not improved much from my previous attempts, though I tried to time and plan my shots more carefully this time. The output were not as satisfactory as I have originally liked, but hey, lets not rush anywhere here, and sometimes, the learning process has got to take a certain path and timing before the final goal can be achieved. I am a learner, no doubt, but what I love about wedding photography is the emotion and joy that were so bright and powerful. Being able to capture those, and view them again and again at any given time in the photos is something I see as being extremely awesome.
As mentioned before, this was my first wedding shoot with a church session. I did not know what to expect from the church, but I just went with the flow. In this place I did find a tele-zoom lens to be of extreme use, because movement is rather restricted. And having the ability to get really close to the bride and groom can really add much depth into the results. There was this really intense moment when the video presentation was showing, a compilation of friends, colleagues and church friends who wished their best for the newly weds. The couple just could not resist the urge to burst into tears, and just less than a minute into the video, the wedding has turned into one of the most touching scenes I have witnessed in my life. Although I do not really know the couple that well, but just being there at that moment, witnessing their pure tears of joy, I just could not help it but feel so touched. I have got to say, the emotion level was skyrocket-high, and my photos do not do justice in conveying them here !!
It was during the dinner session that the slideshow presentation of the photos I have taken earlier from the morning till afternoon session were played at the screen on the main stage. I believe the majority of dinner attendees were not there in the morning and church sessions, hence it was their first time seeing what happened earlier of the day through my photos. I have to say, listening to the response from the crowd was one of the feelings I have not experienced before in my life. It was as if I felt that I managed to connect the audience with the couple, and they could actually know and feel what happened throughout the day. They laughed at certain photos during the brother sister wars (typical Chinese wedding culture) and they gave a huge "AWWWW" when the photos of the couple crying rolled out. To me, this was the priceless reward of my photography works that I just do not have the exact words to describe how I felt. It was a joy of your photographs being seen, and appreciated.
I may be extremely new to this game, but now I can see myself falling deeply in love with wedding photography. It is not an easy ball, but every ball will roll, and you have to find the right way to toss/hit/spin/stroke the ball to make it work for you. I am still at the very first step of getting to know the ball better. A year ago, when I first purchased my DSLR, I never thought i would do any weddings. Now I am starting to wonder what else will come next.
Oh and I NEED an ultra wide angle lens SOOO BADLYYY !!!
Somebody HELLPPP !!!