First Photo Assignment

Let’s call it an assignment. It wasn’t a “job” cuz I wasn’t paid to do it.

It started off as a friend wanting advice on what camera they should buy. It was a Sony NEX camera they were asking about, and I had no idea… It turned out that they wanted to buy one to produce some shots for their wedding invitation. So I probed a little bit more. How are the 2 of you gonna get this done? Put the camera on a ledge or on a tripod, set it up, timer it, run over, pose and wait for it to go off? Yeap, came the reply. No way… You’re both gonna be pissed after 2 shots!

I said I’d help them choose a camera, but why don’t I come out and take some shots with them. It’d give me a chance to practice my composition and settings, and to play with my equipment. And if I royally screwed it up. Hey, they could buy a camera and try their way anyway. Or hire a professional.

We chose 2 Saturdays, just in case we had a wet day. I figured out the bride wanted/liked bokeh, and she was slightly camera shy. We chose the Hort Park / Henderson Waves area because there was a good mix of greenery and built-up areas.

Our Saturday started at 7am. The 1st lens of the day was the 100mm f2.8. It was still a little dark, and the long focal length meant I could keep my distance and give them some space. Also, the f2.8 makes for some good bokeh!

After an hour or so as the couple warmed up to me, I changed up to a 24-105mm f4 lens. That allowed me some nice wide angles on the Henderson Waves bridge.

We were done in 2.5 hours. I shot under 300 frames. Spent about 4 hours editing and delivered 7 shots I thought they could use in their invite.

My first happy “clients”. Not sure if they want their faces on here, so this is one of the outtakes.

Update Mar 2013

They asked me to do the actual day shoot too. I had to decline – it would be horrible to screw up an actual day shoot. And I didn’t have the flash or know-how for the low light stuff (even if it were a lunch event). Anyway they’ve done it and I got a comment from the guy they hired!

She: you know what.. the photographer whom i told u took our wedding day photos, he said the photos u took were very good for a non-pro photographer that does not photograph for a living. He used to own a studio, he does wedding shoots n stuff

Me: i will take that as a compliment!

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