I always told myself I would never do this...
I always told myself I would never shoot a wedding. I don't need Bridezilla doing a meltdown because great uncle Harvey wasn't in any picture.
And I certainly don't need this:
Having read thread after thread on the trials and tribulations of wedding photographers, I went ahead and did it anyway. Yup, I've become the guy you all hate, the guy in the next cube with a camera who does it for free.
We've known each other for 15 years, sat right next to him for 4. I helped him through his really ugly divorce. When he first asked I told him no way I could do it - it scared the hell out of me. Anyway, it was a middle-aged couple, the second time around for both. They've been together about a year, were engaged for about a month, and tied the knot in her parents basement with about 20 really close friends and relatives; so low key that they weren't going to hire anybody, so I didn't take food out of any baby's mouth.
Before the ceremony I metered the key parts of the room and got ready to shoot. It was southwest exposure with plenty of light bouncing around. Then, 5 minutes before the ceremony the clouds rolled in so, in a near panic I re-metered all of them. I shot 3 rolls of Portra 35mm (1 400 with available light and 2 160 with flash), Portra 400 and Tmax 400 in 120 in the Mamiya C33. I had hoped to shoot some 160 on the Mamiya with flash, but things started moving too fast and I decided I didn't trust myself yet with manual flash settings. Even so, I was nervous enough when shooting the Mamiya that I accidentally reloaded with B&W instead of color.
Anyway, this ain't anything I plan on doing again any time soon. As easy of an introduction as this was, I don't need the stress. God bless you who can do it regularly.