This was how it all started…
I asked (more on begged) friends to have a portrait session with me. Some gave me the chance to snap away. They were patient enough to hold a pose for a tad too long. Nobody ever said the photos didn’t look professional. Maybe I was just lucky to have a bunch of supportive people to cheer me on.
Sometimes criticisms hurt. Constructive as they may be, but for newbies it’s hard to be bluntly criticized. I was careful with whom I shared my passion for photography with. I made sure I was surrounded by positivity.
But of course it’s different when you enter the real game. I started snapping photos of couples after years of shooting objects and doing solo portraits. At first I didn’t like the pressure it gave me. I lost myself in the process, but I liked what I had to capture. I just didn’t know how back then!
Calography was a husband and wife team that took me under their wing. Hooooray for kind souls! They were my mentors in the wedding world. I observed and learned. The first time I third shoot for a wedding I didn’t know what to do. Didn’t know what to look for. Didn’t know what moments I had to capture and chase. I went home feeling spent and made a promise to myself that I’ll never do weddings again. One was enough! But that one promise didn’t stay true.
Couples hired me as a second photographer. Meaning there was already a main photographer and a team. I became the outsider! I didn’t have an assistant with me back then. One professional photographer asked with a fat smirk on his face, “you don’t have an assistant??” I didn’t know I needed one! Truth is I didn’t have a hard time carrying my Crumpler backpack with just one body – a 450d, a 50mm and 85mm.
It wasn’t easy really! One photographer confronted a wedding coordinator and asked why I was there. I didn’t know that some photographers do not allow another photographer to cover a wedding with them side by side. I remember asking if I should go home. But the bride said – please stay! Stay I did! He was very rude. It was a challenge to have a comfortable vantage point. He blocked my way most times. I was his target in a forum thread he started. Cowardice I should say! He didn’t name names but he said — a lady wedding photographer. I was the only lady photographer back then. Why did he disliked me so much?
I look back and tell myself I’ve come along way. I’ve made friends that became like family. Those rude encounters in the past don’t really matter.
Here’s a photo session I did last week. These photos are for an agency in Canada.