So this Saturday I was kindly invited by the groom's family to photo shoot their son's engagement party for my portfolio. I shot for free of course since I have zero/nada/zilch experience photo shooting at big events. Gotta start somewhere right? None of local wedding photographers wanted me as a 2nd shooter since I didn't have any wedding/engagement portfolios. We got lucky this time because my husband personally knows groom's father so he let us come and do our photo shoot.
Well as total noobs.. I came with my 100mm macro lens and was hoping for natural light portraits but the bride and the groom were too busy greeting guests so they couldn't go outside. So I was thrown out of my element right away. We only had 1 external flash for 2 bodies...to make it even worse.. the flash stopped working in mid event because the batteries had died and we didn't have extra (live and learn). The room itself was super dark with horrible lightening and on top of that there was another photographer with very powerful Nikon camera and even more powerful external flash and he had people posing for him and I was following him as his tail, snapping left and right whatever I could snap.
We learned to co-exist at that event and there were total of 4 photographers there. My hubby and I and 2 others. One of them used built int camera flash (like I had).... I know I know... if I'll ever go to another wedding ceremony, I'll rent strobes or an external flash and maybe a 200mm lens.
Anyway, don't be too hard on me. This is my first ever photo shoot of people I didn't know and we were both very nervous we didn't know what to expect and how to dictate the photo shoot.