the question: would a course on wedding photography be of interest to you? if so read on!
i am not a wedding photographer per se, yet i think photographing a wedding is one of life's greatest challenges and privileges. yesterday, i had the honor of photographing stephanie and cameron's wedding. the wedding was special for the usual reasons, yet even more it was an honor because the bride, her daughter sydney and others in the wedding party are good family friends, the bride is one of my wife's colleagues, and last year she was our daughter's 1st grade teacher! even more, there is a heart wrenching, meaningful and beautiful story that lead up to this incredibly hope filled, authentic and beautiful day.
while reviewing the photographs, this particular photograph stopped me in my tracks. there is so much love, warmth, connection and beauty. all of this got me thinking about so many things, including wedding photography in general.
these days, the line which defines or separates the professional and amateur wedding photographer has been blurred. if you have a decent camera and enjoy making pictures, there is a good chance that you will eventually be asked to photograph your sister's, friend's, cousin's, etc. wedding. thus, it's no surprise that the majority of the weddings that are photographed are done so by photographers who shoot between 1-10 weddings a year.
yet after being asked to photograph a wedding, the next few questions which surfaces are, "how am i going to pull this off? what gear should i use? and more importantly, how am i going to capture the moments of this day in a way that is authentic to me and at the same time meaningful to the bride/groom?"
all of this has lead me up to a question for you. after mulling over my own experience, i got to thinking that it might be worthwhile to create an online video course or a small book on the topic of how to photograph "my best's friends wedding" so to speak.how to capture strong photographs even if you aren't, or never want to be (like myself), a full-time dedicated wedding pro? such a course might include both straightforward and artistic advice, interviews of from some of the industry's best (elizabeth messina, jose villa, etc.), and more...
so here's the question - would such a course/book be worthwhile? and if so, what kind of topics would you like to see covered?