6.02.2011

The Unforgettable Wedding

 Image: VUE Photography

I don't even know where to begin the diary of my very first wedding shoot. Let's start at the beginning ;) I excitedly got in my car in my black pants and black closed shoes as asked by the photo studio (it was 32C / 90F in Berlin) and fought my tears several times on the way to their office. I just couldn't believe it was happening, my first wedding shoot! yeyyy!


I arrived super early, the owner has greeted me and showed me around a bit. I saw some friendly faces and pretty wedding albums all over the place but my favorite part was the killer studio and the technical wardrobe with several 5D Mark iis and all the lenses I've ever dreamed of. Heaven! :D Soon we were on our way to the city hall where the couple was waiting for us. 


Image: Jose Villa

It was a very small and intimate ceremony, with only the couple, no friends or relatives, us 2 photographers and the official who married them. The bride was from the States and as they couldn't have flewn her whole family and friends over they decided to just have the day for themselves and make sure that they get a lot of beautiful pictures to show everyone. The city hall was actually beautiful, with colored glass mosaic windows, pretty white furnitures and huge mirrors on the walls. I was told to just sit, watch and learn which meant that other than the couple I was the only person sitting in the room while the photographer was snapping away and the offical was leading the ceremony. I fought my tears several times (I wanted to seem professional and all) but I tried to focus on all the photographic actions going on in the room. She was amazing! She used 3 different lenses during the ceremony (which lasted about 15 minutes) and  has changed them quite often according to which one would fit best the  given situation. She was moving with a speed and routine that can only be acquired once someone has shot hundreds of weddings like she had.
After the ceremony we headed to the "Garten der Welt" (Garden of the World) which is a beautiful park with themed subgardens like the Arabic garden with mosaics, the Chinese garden with waterfalls and the warmhouse with tropical plants. We shot in each of these amazing locations and I was allowed to second shoot the whole time. The photographer was extremely professional but in the meantime very friendly. She always asked for my opinion, my ideas and overall I couldn't have had a better first experience (except for a lil accident I caused during which one of the expensive lenses may or may not have fallen out of the shootsac... thankfully it remained undamaged... I learnt my lesson for sure!!!) 
 
I shot about 600 pics on my own and I would love love love to share them with you as I'm really proud of them, but unfortunately the couple did not give permission for the photos to be published online so I can't! ;( Overall this was the perfect first wedding for me! Simple, uncomplicated and relatively short. The couple was super sweet, the location was perfect and I'm just full of joy, happiness and excitement that I was allowed to share this very special day with them. I'm "afraid" I'm hooked on wedding photography forever. Anyone getting married this summer? :D


Oh and the most important part... after the shoot I went out for dinner with my new boss. She told me that she couldn't be happier or more positively surprised by this experience with me and she'd love for me to intern for them! I'm just glad that we feel the same way, my new master is a really cool young woman with who I had an instant connection and I know that we can be great colleagues, but more importantly great friends and I'll be able to learn a lot from her during this short time that I have with them! :) So happy!

Now I gotta run for my first official Boudoir shoot! Life is getting really busy again ;)

P.S: As I'm not allowed to show my own pictures, I thought I'd share the work of some of my favorite wedding photographers with you. If you know anyone else whose work you think I should be admiring, let me know! ;)

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20 comments:

Zahara said...

congratulations..

the sky in the photos is magnificent.. love it.

Maria C said...

Fantastic photos. And well done on your first shoot.

I absolutely adore the photos of our wedding photographer Anna Roussos. Check them out here www.annaroussos.com. It helps that it's a gorgeous website too.

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Kristyn said...

SO happy for you Gabby! You deserve it! Your passion is so evident and you seem like such a genuinely awesome person! Congrats!

I LOVE MELITA said...

lovely pics, well chosen! i'm sure you had a wonderful time that wedding day :-) love, Melita
www.ilovemelita.com

Gawgus things... said...

Wow! I feel so excited for you! Well done hun (maybe not on dropping the lens but the rest of it seems awesome!). I'm taking the photos for my sister's wedding next week - any hints or tips?! xxx

Mikimoto Angel said...

LOVELY!!!! I wish I have your ability as well. Great photos indeed, Ms. Gabby! I love the third and last photos especially. :-)

Mystic Nymph

superhappyjohi said...

Hey Gabby, I am so happy for You! we had our wedding photographed by Naszriporter (in Hugary they are one of the best) more than two years ago... you can check out our pics here: http://www.nepislogj.hu/klipek/johi/ (3 slideshows following each other) Kisses. Johi

Neris said...

So happy for you Gabby! I'm sure you'll be the best wedding photographer in no time! :)

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Steffys Pros and Cons said...

omg congrats girl!!! you totally deserve it!

<3 steffy
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Collections said...

Congratulations!!

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Aldina said...

Congrats! Happy for you, it's always nice to intern for someone you admire and look up to.

PS: I'm having a giveaway on my blog. Please check it out! I design my own earrings and want to give one piece away.

Aldina
Circle of Design Fashion Illustration

Behind the Lashes said...

Awhhh, so glad it went well Gabby. Congratulations!!!

Btw, all this time following you, I JUST NOW realized you use the same font for your signature that I do for my header LOL

CessOviedo said...

So happy for you! I knew you'd get the internship, you are great! Lovely pictures Gabby!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Meisha.Style said...

these pictures are so beautiful! ♥

Chiara said...

Congrats!!! Sounds like a great step forward for your dream job :)
xo C.

sherri lynn said...

Congratulations on shooting your first wedding! I'm bummed we don't get to see any.

I am a big fan of Jasmine Star's work!

Kc said...

Aww congrats on the new intern job!! :D that's so cool! I remember when a family friend was first starting out almost 10 years ago, she took photos of my family for one of her first shoots! Then last year she was the photographer at a friends wedding and her photos were gorgeous :) hope you enjoy photographing mote weddings in the future!! :)

Kc

http://a-sparkley-silver-lining.blogspot.com/

C.H. said...

awww the pictures are amazzing! i just love it.

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

Jose Villa holds a special place in my heart! he is an AMAZING photog! i used to run a wedding website/blog and i am very familiar with all of these photogs. i wish you were able to share the photos you took! i'm sure they were absolutely lovely!

~xo, jenn
the stylish housewife

todi design said...

Congratulations! This is great news!

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