On October 11th I had the wonderful opportunity of taking photos on one of my dearest friend’s wedding day! I have known Olivia since Elementary School and could not have been more honored to take her wedding photos. I have known her fiancé, James, since high school and there really is no greater match than these two! They are both so talented, faithful, hilarious and fun people. I just love them so much!!
We prepared for this day two months in advance, calling on the phone several times and meeting in person on August 3rd to discuss all the photo requests and sign our contract/model release. The day of the wedding we met at 9:30 to take some “first look” photos (It was my first time taking these. It was so fun!!) and couples portraits on the Twin Falls Temple grounds in Twin Falls, Idaho, before their sealing there that day. Olivia’s sweet sister was able to help me handle a reflector to achieve the most out of the light we had. After their sealing and marriage, I took photos of the wedding party behind the temple.
We met up again at the reception location in a nearby LDS church before 6:00 PM to prepare for the reception. I had a great time taking photos at the reception of the different decorations, the wedding line and guests who came. This was a great chance for me to practice my indoor lighting skills with my speedlight and Gary Fong diffuser. This was a great day for my clients and their families. I’m so happy that they’re
For the purposes of my Professional Imaging class I would like to disclose a few things. Typically when I photograph full wedding days, I end up with around 400 hand-edited images. Olivia and James ended up with 412 images from their wedding day. These images were delivered via mail approximately one month after the wedding date. I charged my friend a discounted price on my 2014 Summer Wedding rates. The total amounted to $325 not including travel fees. Our payment plan was in two separate paychecks, one at the initial contract signing and one two weeks in advance of the wedding date. During the day I used a Nikon 50 mm lens and a Sigma 20-70mm lens. I kept my aperture as low as I could without losing focus or sharpness, changing it as needed for group and couples portraits. I also used a reflector and speedlight throughout the day. Each time I photograph a wedding, I learned about my photography style and whether I am really cut out for weddings or not. I think that as long as I am able to keep my energy up and learn how to work with large groups of people, I can be a successful photographer. This has been my best wedding photography experience yet and I hope all weddings can go as smoothly as this one! If I had to do anything differently for this wedding day I would have travelled to the location earlier. I also will be obtaining rechargeable batteries for my speedlight for future weddings.