Three years ago I embarked on becoming a full time wedding photographer. In order for me to become experienced, find my sense of style, and connect with my clients, I decided to become a second shooter for the first year in business. The wedding showcased below was at Jardin del Sol Garden in Snohomish. As I reach back into my archive of images from the many weddings I did that first year, I can see how far I’ve come in portfolio building and I see the value and love I cherish with every wedding I’m given the opportunity to photograph. I’ve invested countless hours into figuring out how to improve my skills and to gravitate towards the best professional editing I can possibly give my clients. Going into my third year now, I’m proud to say I have found my consistent style of editing, which is the first big leap that any photographer in the industry can do to advance to the next level.
Other skills I learned in my first year while second shooting included choosing the right lens investments to use during portraits, the ceremony, and reception. Also I learned to always have two cards in my cameras so that if one card corrupts, I’m able to recover the images for these momentous days on the other memory card. My favorite element of learning wedding photography was posing. I think posing is one of the hardest elements to master. With time and practice over these three years I feel that I try and balance my posing with connecting with my clients. I never push, and I think this helps my clients feel at ease, because I use my voice to to direct them into these special poses. After photographing more than sixty weddings, I’ve learned to patiently listen to my couples and interact with everyone during the family portraits and Bridal Party shots so that everyone can enjoy the rest of the wedding dancing, eating, and drinking, and everything goes off without a hitch.
This venue has some awesome shots to take with a variety of different backgrounds. I think that this awning with butterflies made for some great photos and so did the greenery that surrounds the ceremony area. The entire grounds had a mystical, beautiful feeling that made it the perfect place to get married. The all-white bridal room is inside a scenic barn, which creates a backdrop with great lighting for photographing the bride and bridesmaids getting prepped.
This wedding at Jardin del Sol Garden provided a great opportunity for learning and gaining experience early in my photography career. Now I can look back and see how far I’ve come with my company and how the images I take today are even better thanks to the experiences and lessons I learned along the way. The one key thing I always remember, is that there are more things to learn and improve upon so that I can provide the best wedding photography experience for my clients in order to be on the same page and connect.
Here are some more images from the day at Jardin del Sol Garden. Enjoy!