On 8 September 2012 I shot my first wedding as a 'guest' shooter with the wonderfully talented Jay Rowden in London. More than a year later, I decided to revisit my RAW files for this wedding and give it a go editing it again, so that I could critically examine what I have learnt over the last year.
There is so much out there on the internet about hiring professional photographers for weddings, the cost that entails, and whether your guests can take your photographs for you. Having looked at these shots again, it has really shown me the importance of shooting on professional level cameras and lenses, and how much your images will benefit from a professional photographer! This wedding was shot on a simple consumer-level Canon 550D, but since making the decision to work full-time as a wedding photographer at the beginning of 2013, I have been using the Canon 5D Mark III with Canon's L series lenses (35mm, 50mm and 85mm). And oh my, what a difference it makes, as does the experience of having photographed more weddings!
Don't get me wrong, as I look through these images I feel proud that I could achieve this at my first wedding, but I also see how much I have learnt since then!