Com­mit­ment needed!

Nuno Silva shares the story of go­ing pro as a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher

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In hind­sight, it was lucky that I was laid off at work a few years ago, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. I was al­ready as­sist­ing a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher, learn­ing how to de­liver great im­ages and deal with clients and the pres­sure of shoot­ing a wed­ding. I de­cided to go for it alone, and booked in my first solo wed­ding.

Ev­ery­thing on that first shoot went to plan. The cou­ple was amaz­ing and their wed­ding had ev­ery­thing a pho­tog­ra­pher could want – it was held at a gor­geous manor house and they even had a cart and horse to take the bride to the cer­e­mony. The light was great in the church, too, which doesn’t al­ways hap­pen! I planned ev­ery­thing re­ally care­fully to make sure I could cap­ture ev­ery mo­ment.

The pro ap­proach

Now I’m used to the ins and outs of wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy. I find clients at wed­ding shows and venues but also via so­cial me­dia – a good-look­ing web­site is es­sen­tial if you’re go­ing pro, and Twit­ter and Face­book are great for show­cas­ing your best work and shar­ing info with clients.

At a wed­ding I’ll shoot around 700 im­ages. My style is best de­scribed as pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic, where very lit­tle in­tru­sion is made into the event. Some of my favourite shots are now the stars of my port­fo­lio, such as this frame pic­ture [1] – props add an el­e­ment of fun to group shots. I com­bine these with clas­sic im­ages, like this por­trait of bride Amy [2]. I’m al­ways watch­ing out for lit­tle de­tails as well as the big mo­ments, and I carry a 105mm macro lens for closeup shots.

It can be scary tak­ing the plunge into wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy, but I’m so glad I did. It’s not the eas­i­est ca­reer, but shoot­ing a cou­ple’s big day is a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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