In At the Deep End

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.  On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

Katie & Martin Chandler 29-03-14 WM-192

When writing my first blog, at the beginning of March, I mentioned that I was going to be photographing my first wedding later on this year, with the month of August in mind.  I thought I’d have a good few months to prepare mentally in my head about how I was going to do it.  Then a fabulous opportunity presented itself and I had weeks instead of months to prepare and shoot a wedding for a lovely couple at the wonderful Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville, Birmingham.

I had a number of really great people offer their help to me but, for a number of reasons, I decided to dive in at the deep end and do it on my own.  That’s not to say that I won’t ask for or need assistance for future weddings.  The addition of a second shooter is a fabulous and essential requirement for capturing the candid and reportage style footage of a wedding when the main Tog is busy with the main pictures that the Bride and Groom have specified for their big day.  Not to mention holding onto the gear when required.  When I’ve second shot for a Tog friend of mine, even though I’ve wanted to do my best and get some good shots for him, I’ve  not had as much of the pressure that he’s under being applied to me to some extent.  He’s the backup that I can go to who will tell me not to worry or just reassure me that things are going to plan. He’s my boss for the day and I believe him when he’s supporting me because he’s speaking from his vast experience (and he’s also pretty good at maintaining a cool, calm exterior even when things aren’t quite going to plan).  I am and always will be very grateful for his help,  I trust his experience and also the advice, guidance and support of some other great Togs I’m privileged to call friends, too and I would like to pass on and be that support for whoever is helping me out in the future.

Although I had hoped that all would go smoothly for me, I did experience equipment failure on the day.  It was, as these things always do seem to be, at the most inappropriate moment:  the kiss after the pronouncing the couple ‘Man and Wife’!  Eeek!!  My camera refused to work.  Now, all of my batteries had been fully charged the night before, all of my equipment had been checked and double checked fastidiously that morning.  Even so, nothing!  Nada!  Niets!  My camera was telling me that there was not enough battery life left and refused to take a picture.  “Fibber” I thought.  (Actually, the words in my head were a tad stronger than that but I’m thinking of innocent minds here and after all, I’m a lady!)  So I casually walked back to the corner of the room where the guests couldn’t see me, performed a switching off and on of the camera (my previous career in IT was not wasted eh?!) and lo and behold, it was working again.  Unfortunately too late for that particular kiss but I more than made up for it as the day progressed and I didn’t have another problem with my camera that day, thank goodness!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I felt that if I could cope on my own for at least one wedding, then I’d be more prepared for when I have someone helping me.  But then, as I discovered two weeks ago at my memorable camera fail moment, you can only prepare so much for all eventualities!!  However, I’m now on my way.  I’ve taken the first few steps on the path that I want to be on and even the hiccups I’ve experienced so far haven’t put me off.  The glitches just make the good things that happen even sweeter to experience.

That other world is on her way.  I can positively hear her roar, let alone breathe!