year of the weddings and firsts

Julian & Corrinne I’m no big time photographer, of course, but in moving some of my latest edited photos to the backup drives, I noticed that I’ve broken my record for weddings shot in a year and by a good percentage, when compared to previous years.  That’s pretty cool.  Hopefully next year will end up seeing at least one more.  It’s certainly not something I want to do every weekend, but an average of one every three weeks would be nice.  Which reminds me that I’ve broken two other personal records – two weddings in one weekend (in September) and most recently, three weddings in three weeks.  Fall is a good time for a wedding, I really like the outdoor fall weddings a lot.  Oh, earlier this year I was supposed to have two weddings in a single day, however, it didn’t work out in the end.  Probably best that way, it probably would have killed me!  :P  Of course, this slows down my turn-around time when you mix this with all the family sessions and what-nots going on, but I’m still doing pretty good with getting the images to clients in a timely manner.  This wedding I just finished editing was 3 Saturdays ago, not half bad, not the two weeks I’m used to, but not bad at all.  The next one should edit up quicker, then I can concentrate on my last one which will probably take longer than both of these as it was just plain a longer day.

But let’s see…  some other facts from this year…

First weddings shot at some key locations that I’ve always wanted to shoot a wedding at.

First wedding where I needed someone to translate (language) for me during family photos.

A wedding I can describe as a country Pinterest wedding (very cute).

My most glamorous wedding so far.

First time I second-shot for someone else.

First Catholic wedding that wasn’t a Mass (I didn’t even know they could do that).

First wedding where I had to practically force a bride and groom to do family photos and a (very shot) bridal session.  ;-)

First time I saw a child from a previous relationship participate in the symbolism of “two becoming one” (a sand pouring).

First weddings I hired assistant(s) for some help and second shooting.

First weddings I used off-camera lighting with flashes and transceivers.

First print-on-demand photo booth wedding (talk about busy fun).

First wedding where my couple faced their friends and family during the ceremony with the priest’s back to the audience.  (The same Catholic ceremony.)

First catered reception (believe it or not, all before have either been buffet, no reception, or cake and punch receptions) AND first reception where they had a high enough regard for me to actually assign me to a table with guests for the meal.

The hottest wedding ever on the hottest day of the year.

The first time I had a bride and groom ride off in a horse-drawn carriage.

First non-reception wedding where I got to use that time instead as a date with my husband.  (No charge to customer, of course, lol.)

I’m sure I could come up with more really random and insanely boring wedding facts, but my files are done copying, so now it’s back to work!

(I’d also like to add that it’s really helped having cable internet as opposed to the DSL I used to have…  wow, what used to take me all night of leaving the computer running now takes 20 minutes!)