Friday, November 18, 2011

Posing as a wedding photographer....

If you know me, you know I love photography. If you really know me, you know I don't have much of a desire to ever be a wedding photographer. Yet, somehow...I ended up photographing a wedding :) One of my very best friends, Nancy, asked if I would be willing to photograph her son's wedding. Originally my answer was no. Then a couple weeks later, I was talked into it. I know THE ONLY way I could have done this was because they had so much confidence in me. Kip and Gabby were AMAZING to work with and so good to me; always reassuring me and really just bolstering my confidence in myself. I know sometimes it may seem that I think I'm pretty awesome at photography, but the truth is...I really struggle with feeling adequate. I still don't think I've found my own style, and I know I have SO much to learn, and I'm still scared of "real" photographers judging me, but I really appreciate those that encourage me. I always want everyone to feel that they have just what they want in their images, and I know sometimes they are nothing amazing, but sometimes I do ok too. There are times when I'm really proud of my work and other times that I'm not, but I'm also sure that I'm not the only one who feels this way. One day I would like to develop a business and do more with photography, but for now, it's just not a possibility. Sometimes that's really hard for me to say. I would love to spend time taking classes and workshops, mentoring with someone, thinking out the business end of things...but it's just not my season for that. I work a lot to try and be "present" in my own life and for now that means putting some things on hold. I don't want to miss these moments with my kids, and that's what reminds me that it's ok to have dreams and goals, even if they just might take longer to achieve.

Wow...did not mean to unload all of that in this post. I have a feeling I'll be rethinking hitting the publish button before throwing it all out, but I'm working on being the real me and not just who I think everyone wants me to be. Maybe that's a post for another day :)

So...onto the wedding! I photographed their engagements, did their announcements, Gabby's bridals and the temple grounds and reception. Again...they were a dream to work with and that little Gabby is so stinkin photogenic :) Here are some of my favorites....picture overload to follow!{And blogger always screws up the colors and tones of my photos, so hopefully these turn out ok...}






Hands down my favorite picture ever taken....










There are so many more I would love to share, but maybe one day I'll link up an album of all of them or something.  One thing I did learn?  I took WAY too many kissing pictures LOL  Thanks again, Websters for your support and confidence!

5 comments:

Christine said...

First of all, I've never seen a set of wedding photos (including my own) that didn't have a TON of kissing photos. It's just the reality of the occasion. Second, the pictures you've shared of this couple have been fantastic, especially the bridals (love the tiered skirt of her dress!). And third, I totally get you wanting to do this stuff when you have time and will enjoy it, but you should know that you definitely have the eye for it and should feel very confident in your skills thus far. Okay, rant over :-)

Megan B ♥ said...

Janelle, these photos are so awesome!! I love them!

Mom/Kim/Jewel said...

Amazing pictures!! You really do a fantastic job, and should give yourself a little pat on the back! Keep up the great work and one day you will be able to start the business of your dreams! I love the picture with the Temple in the background - great shot!!

The Fredericks said...

I LOVE these! What a beautiful couple! They look so happy! You did a fabulous job of capturing that!!!!

Sharlee said...

GREAT work! Looks like you do very well with wedding photography even if you don't think so! :)