Last winter I went to a photography conference called WPPI in Las Vegas Nevada. It's a conference centered around wedding and portrait photography and I went to it to attend some of the seminars and go to the trade show. I've never thought to hard about doing wedding photography but the wheels kind of got turning when I went to this conference.
Shortly after returning from Vegas I was delivering some calendars to Kristy at her business Studio K in Bettendorf and she asked if I would be interested in photographing her wedding. My first answer was No. My reason for saying no was because weddings are a big deal and there is no second chance and I didn't want to risk ruing someones wedding. After talking a little bit I said I would think about it and give her an answer in a week. After a lot of back and forth with my self and with support from my wife I said yes.
So from March(ish) to November I worried about wether I made the right decision and second guessed myself every other thought. But I carried on working on getting better at my craft and studying wedding photography on the side. Time passed and I met with Kristy and Roger to tour the facilities and get an idea of what I was working with.
About a month before the wedding I got real confident about the whole thing and was excited for the wedding to get here. They had the rehearsal and still felt like I was ready to rock it.
Then the day of the wedding arrived and that all changed. I arrived a couple hours before the ceremony and did some detail shots while also working some things out in my head. We were suppose to do the posed photos before the ceremony but time ran out so it had to wait till after.
Before the ceremony I was able to capture some behind the scenes photos of Kristy and her dress along with a few other shots but now it was game time.
This was one of my favorite photos from the whole wedding it tells a story and everyone knows who he is waiting for.
The ceremony was officiated by Jim Mertens the morning anchor on WQAD and both Kristy and Roger worked at WQAD in the past so they all had a friendship and that made for a good ceremony of both laughs and tears.