Rarely I get the opportunity to shoot for friends or family. In this case, I was shooting for soon-to-be family just a month before my own wedding. Sadie’s cousin (who is also a photographer) asked me to shoot her wedding, and I graciously obliged.
This was a great lesson in working under pressure as my my in-laws were there and my fiancé was a bridesmaid. Shooting under stress is something you get used to as a wedding photographer, though, and I soon got to feeling comfortable and enjoyed shooting the wedding and spending time with family and friends.
I used to be deathly afraid of these situations. When I was first getting into shooting wedding photography, so many of my peers advised me against shooting friends and family, so I did. However, I’ve found that these are often the most fun weddings to shoot! I have a blast being around people I know and, more often than not, they are super comfortable around me because they know me already. This allows them to relax in their portraits and makes them much more natural.
For those new photographers out there considering shooting a wedding of someone you’re close to, my one piece of advice is simply “make sure your bases are covered.” You need to make sure it’s not your first wedding and that whoever you’re shooting is familiar with the quality and consistency of your style. Show them more than just your best. If you’re a seasoned photographer, then you already know - shooting friends and family can be a blast!