Harry and Lovie’s Wedding
Harry and Lovie.
March 24, 2012
This afternoon, I attended the wedding of a friend (a former officemate) and her groom (who I also know). They have known each other for a long time and have been good friends since then. Another friend (also an officemate) is the maid of honor.
For this wedding and as a spectator, I just brought my Fuji X10 (which performed admirably). The church is dim but the main photographers brought in lights which illuminated the altar and the couple. It was a nice wedding (not sure if I’ll have my own wedding ever).
As a relatively new photographer (amateur or enthusiast – non-professional), I was curious about the professionals who do event photography (mostly weddings) as a profession. In the wedding (not a big wedding) there were at least 4 photographers (identified by their pink shirt). Of course as an attendee to the wedding, I did not want to get in the way of the hired professionals so I took pictures from the side.
I checked what lenses they were using and found: Canon 24-70mm and Canon 70-200mm (not sure if f2.8 or f4) for the lead photographer; Canon 17-40mm for an assistant photographer (probably her son or protege since he’s always with her; and basic lenses for the others – Nikon 50mm f1.8 (which looks very very plasticky), some Tamron or Sigma.
Being in the church and just taking some pictures, I now realize why the 24-70 and 70-200 plus 16-35 (or the equivalent primes) are the bread and butter lens of wedding and event photographers. f2.8 to get the most lights in dimly lit venues, wide for a shot of the whole venue and 70-200 for closeups when necessary (when the photographer cannot be near the subject). And yes, I respect event photographers for handling stress in a live, fast-paced situations.
Do I have dreams of becoming a professional (i.e., paid) photographer someday? Probably, when I can handle the fast-paced events. As for now I just want to enjoy being a photographer without the stress of meeting client expectations (only my own).
And yeah, Congratulations Harry and Lovie! Best wishes on the start of a new life!
Princess, the maid of honor.