You book a dream wedding. The perfect couple, perfect venue, and planners that you want to win over… and you fumble through portraits & details, which leaves you feeling defeated because you know the images you SHOULD have captured, and that others would have been able to capture, but you just didn’t know how to make it happen.
This could have been the wedding that pushed you to the next level… but you couldn’t perform.
I booked my dream wedding. It took me almost ten years, but I booked a wedding at Lake Como, Italy, and I knew this was my shot. This was going to be my chance to shoot images that I was incredibly proud of. Well, I got there and realized that every hard lighting scenario you could think of was present!
Lack of shade, trouble with hot spots and green skin, shooting in the harsh sun midday, and no clouds or diffused light. They even rented an antique boat to go out in and take portraits on the water… during the middle of the day!
It was stressful, and I had moments of almost panicking… This was my ONE SHOT…...but then I realized that I KNEW how to handle this.
I KNEW I could create great portraits, so I stood up for myself and what I knew was right. When the parents and the couple asked about shooting with the lake in the background . . . when the boat driver was frustrated with my persistence about turning the boat back to a 45 degree angle from the sun . . . when we needed shade and secondary light for the first look…. I made it happen!!!
In the past, I would have caved and wasted time shooting in horrible light just to appease my clients, and then spent HOURS frustrated in Lightroom. Instead, I walked away from that wedding with some of the BEST IMAGES of my entire 10 year career!!!