Last weekend, I had been given the privilege to be the photographer for Victor and Nicole's actual wedding day. Nicole is a dear sister of Maggie, and Maggie, my friend and colleague has requested my help to capture the beautiful moments of the marriage. The ceremony took place on 17th January, which was last Saturday.
For this particular wedding session, I was armed with only my Olympus E-520, and a single lens. You may wonder what happened to my other lenses. This may come in as a huge surprise to many, but I have managed to let go two of my very precious lenses, namely the pancake and the macro. Therefore, I am now back to where I started a year and a half ago, with just the two basic kit lenses: 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm F3.5-4.5. Nonetheless, fret not, for I am targeting an upgrade which will happen, very, very soon. I shall keep you guys posted regarding my coming new lens. For now, I am happily using the humble basic kit lenses for my everyday photography demands.
Many people may feel intimidated with using just the basic gears, especially when it comes to demanding tasks such as wedding photography. Of course, everyone wishes to use the top of the line lenses and camera bodies. The bigger the lenses, the better, and the faster the autofocus, the more desired. It is undeniable, better cameras and lenses can help you accomplish greater details, better high ISO noise performance, speedier AF and more accurate focusing, so and so. Nevertheless, the question that bakes the prawn would be this: would they improve your skills in terms of photography? If you are shooting with the exact same angle, with the exact same settings, with the similar perspective and compositions, even if you are using a different set of camera and lenses, your photographs would still come out very similar. This is the single thought that drives me, and many of you can choose to disagree with me, but certainly you are entitled to your own beliefs.
Wedding photography is no easy task for me, since I admit I have limited experience beforehand, but I am slowly, and definitely steadily getting the hang of it. I have mentioned this before, but the huge part of actual day wedding photography actually depends on how you anticipate the events before they unfold, and how prepared you are to shoot each and every moments that would occur throughout the sessions. Very quick response is needed, and even if you reacted to your shutter button a second late, you would have missed out an opportunity that will never return. I am not really a fast-reflex kind of person, but being extra alert all the time does pay off.
Another challenge that I was facing was capturing the atmosphere and the mood of the event. This includes the emotions of people, their facial expressions, body language and so on. I still have quite a bit to work on this part, and most of the time when I point the camera to the people around me, they automatically posed for me. That was not supposed to happen, and the natural feel of the photograph was completely destroyed.
I believe it was the joy of seeing two happy people getting married, that was the ultimate satisfaction being the photographer of the day. And witnessing so many people beaming into laughter, and coming together to celebrate the holy matrimony was really a mood lifter for me.
Congratulations to Victor and Nicole !!!
May the blessings from heaven flow abundantly to your family.