This is a serious attempt to get back into blogging. I can’t believe I used to write one every week and since late last year, that seems to have fallen by the wayside with everything else that needed doing in the business. But just to let everyone know (and hello to my new likers) I’m still alive, exciting things have been happening at CJ photography so stay tuned and watch this space.
One of the things that have been taking up some of my time and energy is assisting at weddings. I had the good fortune of landing myself on an AIPP mentoring Group last September with one of THE most awesome women I’ve ever met, Shireen Hammond. She’s been a photographer for about 15 years and owns & runs Field of Vision, a team of very classy people who cover weddings all round Melbourne.
People constantly ask me if I will someday shoot weddings. And for those who know me (if not read this), I’m not very girly. I’ve never seen what the fuss is about. My wedding was organised in under 6 months and the only thing preventing me from eloping was the consequent omission from my parents’ will.
So not being able to empathize with a bride kinda restricts me from being their photographer. Nothing brings me more excitement than meeting a new baby on the other hand. They are the most sincere (and squeezable) human beings one can every meet. And editing down their images is like a treat as I rifle through one cute expression after the other.
Yet like anything, photography is also a journey. I learned long ago to never say no, give everything a go and see what opportunities come your way. So I’ve been assisting on weddings and learning all about artificial lighting, among other things.
And to my amazement, I confirmed what I already knew – I definitely can’t shoot weddings – but for totally different reasons that I thought – I cry too much! That’s right – there I am blubbering like a baby when I’m supposed to be you know…not blubbering like a baby… – what the….? When did I get all gooey and sentimental? And over weddings?
Last Saturday’s one took the cake as I was in a very echoey church and trying desperately not to sniff. Infact I was trying desperately not to let tears overspill my eyelids either as I had no tissues, nor back up makeup. So these pictures are for you folks – me trying my hardest not to cry at a wedding of someone that I had known for 4 hours….– I had to laugh at the end of it.
So to sum it up folks, yes wedding photography is still a while away, now mostly because I seem to over-empathize with my client rather than the opposite. But heck I’m having a ball assisting. Not only am I learning heaps about the CRAFT of photography, but I’m also learning a lot about myself.
So this blog was to inspire you to take up every opportunity that comes your way, even if it does seem slightly left field – you never know how many awesome people you will end up meeting, how they will touch your heart in only a few hours and most importantly how much you’ll re-discover yourself in the process.