First off, let me apologize for being unable to visit and like your blogs the last few weeks. I do feel bad about it. The internet is pretty useless here where the connection speed is .26 mbps. Your photos on your blogs won’t load because of my connection. Just now, I was trying to upload a 2nd photo for this blog post, but it failed 4 times. Luckily, I should have a better connection on the 1st 🙂
After shooting the Best-Henry wedding, I started thinking about whether or not I wanted to do weddings for friends anymore. I’ve known Sarah since she was in diapers (she hates when I share that) and I already did her sister’s wedding, so I couldn’t say no.
It’s a weird thing, working and being professional when you would normally be relaxing and celebrating. Even though I’m there documenting the day, I don’t feel like I’m really there. I’m solely focused on capturing moments and anticipating what might happen next, instead of appreciating the fact that a close family friend is marrying her best friend.
It’s a surreal feeling, roaming the event as an unconnected observer. I don’t think I’ve had the same feeling working for clients I didn’t already know. There were a few moments throughout the day where I was able to pause, stop being “the photographer,” and let it sink in that this was her wedding day.
Now I have to consider adopting a “no friends or family wedding policy.” Would you shoot the wedding of someone you know or would you rather enjoy it as a guest?
Shot with the default camera app and edited with Snapseed.