This coming May 17, 2015 would be my third year of taking photography into another level. What started as taking photos with my iPhone 4S of people, places and things which I thought was interesting and that I wanted to share to the world through this website, I followed the advice of my high school principal and got myself my first DSLR, Canon EOS 600D that came with a EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, and the rest as they say is history.
Since then I tried several fields of photography but there is one area of photography that I never tried and that is wedding photography. I had been asked many times before and Retrato Manila had several inquiries in the past if it does wedding photography. Although I covered some events like birthdays and christening, I always stayed away from weddings. I had taken wedding photos of friends’ weddings only as a guest but not as the official photographer.
There are several reasons why I had not up to this point delved into wedding photography. Here are my main reason:
- I am a one-man team. All the weddings I attended, there are at least 3 photographers and about a couple of assistants. Unlike birthdays and other events, for me there are special moments in weddings that is very essential and would be a disaster if not captured.
- I don’t do video. Most couples would also want video coverage of their wedding. Though I recently gotten myself a Canon EOS 70D which is great for video, it is also my main camera. I can though do video with my Canon EOS 600D.
- I don’t have enough equipment. I got three lenses, my Canon 18-135mm kit lens, Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens and a Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens. I have only one strobe, Canon 430EX II, which is on my main camera. Lighting is very essential in photography, and usually churches and chapels don’t have the best lighting. I don’t feel I can come out with the best possible shots with the limited equipment that I have.
- I don’t want to disappoint. Weddings are one of those occasions that is very special that not delivering the best possible shots is something that I dread of. There are moments that you can’t repeat in weddings, and you can’t asked them to do it again.
Here are the rest of the photos I took during the wedding of Drs. John and Donnie Valerio, were I was a guest so I had to be courteous to the official photographers and stay out of the way of their shots.
Sooner or later I might try wedding photography but for now I think I am thinking of starting with prenuptial photography.
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All photos captured with a Canon EOS 70D and a Canon EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.