I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by. In just a few short days, we will already be in June!! Which means two things:
I shared with my followers, especially on Instagram, that my goal for 2019 was to shoot my very first wedding before the year was up, even if only as a second shooter, even if it was only one wedding. Within less than three months of starting my business, I was able to accomplish that goal by signing on as a second shooter with an old college roommate of mine, Alyssa Hurley!
Just when I thought my dream came true, shortly after booking with Alyssa, I was able to book not one, but THREE additional weddings as a second shooter with Gracie Withers Photography here in northern Virginia! And another with Chelsea Schaefer!!
Later on, I booked my very first wedding as the solo photographer with a client in Bedford, VA!!
Not even six months in, God has blessed me with a total of six weddings this summer. I am blown away, but also very nervous. I feel the weight of the responsibility photographing a wedding holds. You are in charge of preserving and making permanent representations of one of the happiest days in a couple’s life together! And there are NO do-overs.
My very first wedding is THIS weekend… June 1! I am shooting alongside Gracie Withers, and I am so excited to learn from her and serve her and the couple she booked. I have only a few days to prepare myself, and if you are reading this as a first-time wedding photographer, or a photographer still waiting to shoot that first wedding day, here are all the ways I’m prepping myself for Saturday:
There’s so much on my to-do list before this wedding, and I am sure after it is over, I will have a better idea of what helped and what I wish I did instead. All the nerves are definitely there, but they are serving as motivation to be as prepared as I can and enjoy this monumental moment of shooting my first wedding.
Wish me luck, guys!! I’ll update you how it went on my social media channels, and maybe even share more for next week’s blog! And, if you are a photographer looking for a second shooter in the D.C., Virginia, Maryland area, please reach out!
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