MY FIRST SECOND... | HOUMA, LA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | HOUMAS HOUSE WEDDING
Updated: Jun 19, 2018
I can remember a time, when I first started my photography journey, I said "no weddings!". What I feared most about them is what I admire most now. The hustle, flow, and sheer energy leading up to that beautiful walk down the aisle and those candid tender moments all surrounding the celebration of love. The thought, at first, just scared me. Turns out I'm in love with love. Learning the story of two destined to become one, and being able to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives is an honor. It's one I don't ever take for granted. But, with every task comes learning and that's where finding some guidance and making some connections really comes into play. It's also the same time I got some of my most valuable second shooting experience. Here's how...
I was sort of, how do you say, thrown into the fire with photography. My business took off within its first few months of being formed. I started in the middle of the fall of 2016, so everyone was ready for family photos. After this, things sort of just took off and within the next six months I was able to shoot my own first wedding without having ever learned from or shot a wedding with anyone else (thank you youtube!). I'm proud of this, because that wedding went surprisingly well. I got my little sister, Olivia, to help me out as a second shooter since she was a photography student in college at the time and I can't thank her enough. I will write a separate blog post on this later.
Fast forward a few months, and I'm one month shy of my businesses first anniversary. I get a call from a local and very reputable wedding photographer, Stacie Belanger with Whimsyclo Photography. For a moment, I must admit, I was a bit flattered that someone I had admired for so long was reaching out to hire me. She admired my work as well and was well aware I had only been shooting about a year, but she took a chance on me. I would like to add that chance has paid off ten fold and has allowed me to learn from her, work with her a second time, and also provided me with a great friend. I walked into that wedding with Stacie a ball of nerves, and unsure of my ability. Since, I've been able to merge with other photographers on their projects and events with confidence. And I believe I have "my first second" experience to thank for that!