My dear couples, if you think you are the only ones with butterflies and legs like jelly before your wedding, let me tell you a secret: we feel that way too!!! I get so nervous before the big day that at times I’ve lost nearly half a stone at the end of the day!
I still remember how I felt on my very first wedding where I was the main photographer. It was a cold morning in January and the wedding took place in a wonderful hotel called Nutfield Priory in Redhill. The couple were lovely too… everything was just perfect.
After having checked the location and the venue around 20 times online, I decided to leave home at around 7 AM, just in case I found traffic on my way, to check the light and the surroundings, to try to structure and plan the day (as much as I could anyway), to check where to position myself and most importantly to get there before anyone else! I ended up getting on site at 9 AM and I was supposed to meet the bride at 11!!! I had 2 long hours ahead of me. At 10 AM I was already sweating and I had visited the toilet a total of 3 times.
As I write this, I’m laughing but it is exactly how I felt. I was a nervous wreck and I can guarantee that is how most photographers feel on their first wedding.
Nowadays I still feel the adrenaline rush, but of course, experience helps and now I know what the flow of the events is going to be which allows me to be in the right place at the right time so that I can anticipate events and be ready and comfortable before each shot.
The good thing about the anxiety I feel before a wedding is that it keeps me going and my energy levels stay high for a long time. This means that I don’t get tired when I’m crouching, jumping on chairs and running from one place to another…. that is until I actually collapse on the sofa when I get home! It’s this tension that helps me to focus so that I never miss a shot, because I know that if I do, it’s gone forever.
I’m a family and wedding photographer in Bromley, Croydon and Beckenham and I hope you liked this post.
I have posted a few weddings photos from last year. If you like my photographs, which are definitely documentary-style, please get in touch. I’d love to have a chat with you.