I used to feel a lot of pressure photographing weddings, but I'm really rather enjoying them now.
I think the pressure was just worry about something going wrong. Probably because during one wedding something did go wrong - the lens stopped focusing. But it wasn't a problem as I had a backup camera and suitable lens, so I picked that up and carried on shooting. When I had a moment I checked the camera and lens thoroughly and quickly got it working again (it seemed to be a problem with the lens to camera electrical contacts). Drama over, fortunately, by being prepared.
It was indeed a pleasure to be present and capture the moment when Mr & Mrs C were married recently. Their private wedding was a relaxed and fun occasion. I think it worked for them too - here's what they said “Thank you for taking our wedding photographs (we look braw!). Your approach and sensitivity was much appreciated”.
So now that I'm enjoying shooting weddings, I am looking forward to photographing many more.
Loch Coruisk Wedding
Which is just as well because I've been asked to capture the occasion, emotions and environment of a wedding on the shores of Loch Coruisk surrounded by the Cuillin mountains of Skye. I have been assured (by the bride) that it will not rain, nor will there be any midges. With that optimism it promises to be a fantastic day for everyone.
To give you an idea where Loch Coruisk is, here's a photograph of the Cuillin mountains taken from Elgol, on the Isle of Skye. We'll be travelling by boat from Elgol right into the centre of the mountains in the photo.
Elgol FlowRiver flowing into the seas of Loch Scavaig at Elgol, with the Cuillin mountains across the water. An alternative title I have used is "Between the Showers" - as it was tricky keeping the camera dry between the downpours.
I will keep you posted (but I will be ordering midge repellant)!