TWB - Natalie & Paul's Wedding

IMG_4219.jpg
IMG_4204.jpg
IMG_4284.jpg

I studied photography at university and graduated with a bachelor in photography in 2011. After graduating I started working full time for an online marketing company and have continued on that trail up until December of last year. During the years of full time office work I found little time and energy for photography and at times it could take months between lifting up my camera. 

IMG_4560.jpg
IMG_4588.jpg

The turning point was my friend Natalie's wedding. She asked me if I in addition to being a guest also would like to photograph her big day. Obviously I couldn't say no so I dusted off my camera and got ready for my second wedding photography shoot. (I had previously shot my second-cousin Camilla's wedding in 2014).

IMG_4692.jpg
IMG_4701.jpg
IMG_4711.jpg
IMG_4764.jpg
IMG_4733.jpg
IMG_4773.jpg

It was quite a challenge trying to balance being the photographer and a guest at the same time, but Natalie wanted to make sure that it was en event that I would enjoy as a guest as much as anyone else and therefore told me to photograph amongst mingling and at dinner time and nighttime I could focus more heavily on the guest part than the photography part.

IMG_4823.jpg
IMG_4918.jpg

Even with the balancing of roles and the stress that comes with photographing weddings (I am sure most wedding photographers would agree!), the day resulted in a reborn spark when it comes to photography. After years of practically no photographing at all (except around Camilla's wedding in 2014) I felt so excited to be a bit creative again. I especially enjoyed the post-production work in Photoshop and it just felt so good to be back at it. 

IMG_4943.jpg
IMG_5022.jpg
IMG_5024.jpg
IMG_5059.jpg

So after that day in May 2016 I have been photographing on a more regular basis and I am so happy for that. Whenever we were going somewhere, doing something, my camera was attached and now I have the pictures as well as the memories to look back upon, whilst the time between August 2011 -  May 2016 is more of a fleeting, fussy memory combined with bad quality party pictures. 

IMG_5159.jpg
IMG_5202-2.jpg
IMG_5206-2.jpg
IMG_5343.jpg
IMG_5349.jpg

I treasure the images taken in Greece summer 2016 and those taken in New York that very autumn. Who knows, without Natalie and her wedding I might have just had images on my phone. I therefore also treasure the images posted in this blog entry, those from her wedding. They helped me regain my love of photography.

IMG_5396.jpg
IMG_5389.jpg
IMG_5467.jpg

I haven't shot any weddings after this one, but I guess during this year I should do one to make it a tradition doing weddings every two year. Joke aside, it would be fun to do more weddings going forwards. Since doing Natalie's I have photographed more than I had for a long time and invested in some better gear, so I feel well prepared. And besides, who does not love a good wedding?!

Until next time, Renate.