The first wedding... a family affair.

Orlando, FL - February 2012

I never wanted to shoot weddings.  I didn't want to deal with the pressures and stress of cataloging what would be the most important day in a couple's life.  Moreover, I didn't want to screw it up!

I shot my first wedding in 2012 for the cousin of my then-fiancé.  It was pretty perfect, the price was right, the guests were laid back, and most importantly Danielle and Troy knew that even though I could be considered "professional" for some types of photography, I was venturing toward the deep end.  Luckily, I was already renting some pretty serious equipment, so I couldn't blame it on the D3s or the N-glass.  If anything got screwed up, it was on me!

One of the things I had going for me is that Danielle is beautiful and Troy isn't a slouch either.  For their beachside wedding, we were graced with beautiful weather and I had already been shooting a corporate event for the past three days; so I was already in the zone.

Beginner's Tip #1: I've come a long way since this shoot and sometimes tell myself that I should re-edit these since my style has changed with regard to editing and airbrushing.  One thing I would tell anyone starting out is that you don't need to make someone look like a wax statue.  Perfect skin is only for CoverGirl commercials.  Like makeup, less is more!


Cameras: D3s, D7000  Lenses: 105 ƒ/2.8, 50 ƒ/1.4, 70-200 ƒ/2.8, 24-70 ƒ/2.8  Editing: Aperture 2, Portraiture