Wow, what a year! I’ve gone from thinking about it to doing it in the last twelve months. Not that I am where I want to be, far from it, but I have made more progress this year than any other.
So what’s happened? To start off with, I contacted several photographers who were producing great wedding photography asking if they needed a second shooter/assistant. All but one replied, declining saying that they either had someone or didn’t feel they were ready to take on a second shooter. Only one agreed, so we met up and had a chat. Geoff, thanks!
Geoff took me under his wing and the first wedding I second shot was Katie and Kai’s at the fabulous Amathus Beach Hotel in Paphos. The last wedding I’d been to was a full Catholic service at Aphrodite Hills, so I wasn’t really ready for what was about to happen.
To say the ceremony was over in a flash (pun intended) is no exaggeration. The couple took longer to walk to the gazebo in view of the beach than it did for the registrar to pronounce them man and wife. As if that wasn’t enough, we then had a generous ten minutes to take photos before the hotel staff were wanting us to move on to the reception.
Since then I have upgraded my kit to include the Canon EOS 7D
and the sumptious Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens
lens to complement my Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM Lens
and the weddings Geoff and I have covered have been varied too including Anglican and Greek Orthodox – the latter being another eye opener!
Throughout the year I have continued to support local charities, not least SPACE Theatre who produce some great productions with limited resources and ageing infrastructure. Their vibrance and professionalism is second to none and its a pleasure to be associated with them.
Photographers often say you don’t need great gear to make great photographs and I agree, except in dark places such as the theatre. The 7D has made such an impact, auto focusing in low light is fantastic and working at high ISOs knowing that the images would be useable is a great plus. This combination alone has made the 7D worth its weight in gold!
I have no idea what 2012 will bring, but if it brings just half of what I’ve done this year, then I will consider that a success.
So my goals are to shoot more weddings, learning at the same time and refining my technique so that I am able to deliver a high quality result when I need to deliver. As I have had no formal photographic training, I’d like to gain external accreditation from one of the key photographic socities such as the SWPP. I feel 2012 will be the year to do that.
If you’re getting married in Cyprus next year, give Geoff a call and tell him you want me to be his second shooter at your wedding
All the best for 2012.