In order to get experience and hopefully to take some portfolio-worthy images to attract potential customers, I began shooting a couple of events. I photographed an acquaintance’s wedding a couple months ago. A couple of weeks ago, I shot a double event of baptism & first communion of the two sons of the woman who works with us.
I’m new at photographing events, and I get the jitters just thinking that I won’t take the expected photo, or that it will come blurred, or underexposed, or someone will invariably close their eyes… Of course, I’ve only had two events (non-paying), and I need to build up skills. But what I have discovered is that I need to push my skills and talent even further to make up for lack of equipment.
The photo above I think has a good camera angle, the location is unique, the sky could not be more helpful, and the rapport I had built up with both children was great. However, the lack of a decent flash that illuminates more evenly than my built-in one is a deterrent of the image, and it fails to capture a wider range of colors while flattening it. Plus shooting with a built-in flash feels like shooting with a point&shoot camera.
So I’ll just have to figure out how to compensate for this while I get more equipment. Most of the accessories I had for my film camera do not work for my digital one, so it’ll take me a while to have a more complete set. My only advantage is that people here do not expect high-end photography, so “snapshots” would do. But being me, I wouldn’t and won’t be satisfied with snapshots, and I want to deliver a better product. I think I just need to get more events —or just show up at the church— and snap away… 3 years ago