I was a photography assistant for a wedding yesterday and it was a valuable experience. Sure, I have my own wedding photography business, but when given the chance to assist, I usually jump at it. I am a hands on learner and when I assist, I always walk away with a new piece of knowledge.
Yesterday’s wedding gave me the opportunity to relax and observe. I did not have to worry about getting the perfect shots or following a timeline. All I had to do was stay out of the frame of the photographer, make sure the equipment was accessible and working, download the compact flash (CF) cards, be ready with the reflector, and observe. It is rare to have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of your profession as an observer. For me, it was the perfect time to get out of the box and look at a wedding photography from a different perspective.
When I got home I didn’t have to immediately download the wedding photos. Instead while I was catching up on the world online, I came across this article for Seven Tips for Great Wedding Pictures in The New York Times. It discusses seven tips from Denis Reggie, a 30-year wedding photographer with a lot high profile wedding photography experience. As wedding season is upon us, Reggie’s seven tips are useful to any guest planning to bring their camera to a wedding celebration this summer. And to all you wedding photographers out there, reading through it just might refresh things for you and give you a new perspective, just as I experienced yesterday as the assistant to a wedding photographer.