New Year, Old Dreams

Hello and welcome to my first blog post. Please bear with me. I promise not all posts will be this long!

I have been photographing weddings for over 6 years now, but for some reason have not taken the next step and become a professional wedding photographer.

My two chosen career paths when I was in sixth form, after deciding to become a traveller instead of a pilot, were IT and photography. So I studied IT and took photos for fun to document my life through university.

After university and a few years in the real world, I decided to take a City and Guilds Starting Photography course. As well as learning the basics of film SLR cameras, I learnt to develop my own film, use a dark room for both black & white and colour prints, and fell in love with the art of photography all over again. It was the perfect course to help me see the world a little differently through the lens.

I had major surgery half way through the course, but I did not let that stop me going out and taking pictures, when I should have been in bed resting. Once I finished my course, I started helping a family friend with weddings. He secured the weddings, and I met the bride and groom on the wedding day. I took tons of photos in the hope not to miss anything and then trawled through said photos to put an album together. Not only were they long days, and with some very interesting couples, it was a great experience.

I loved seeing the expressions on their faces as they said their vows. Loved the emotions created by the speeches, everything. I have been brave enough to photograph a few friends weddings, which can be nerve-wrecking as you want to make sure you get the best pictures possible of their day for them, so not to ruin your friendship in the process.

In 2010, I joined The Society for Wedding and Portrait Photographers. They are a great source of information and support for Wedding and Portrait photographers. Their main event, the SWPP Convention, which will be held in London, 10th - 17th January 2011, will be a fantastic opportunity for me to network with fellow photographers and attend workshops by some of the industry's leading lights.

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