In May of 2003, I took the wedding photos for my cousin Lonnie and his bride Amanda. I was the cousin with the nice point and shoot camera (Canon Powershot G3), that loved to take photos. I didn’t have any intentions of pursuing wedding photography, but I REALLY enjoyed capturing their day… which is why I say that I am an accidental wedding photographer.

PLEASE view one of my recent weddings to see my current work!

It would appear that I was unaware of shadows at this point. ISO 1405, f/4.0, 1/100s.

I remember that I was trying to be sneaky and grab this photo just before the ceremony. Two mistakes: I unknowingly focused on the trees and there is significant motion blur. ISO 50, f/4.0, 1/100s.

I shot this during the ceremony and back-focused. In my defense, I did know that word at this point in my non-career. ISO 50, f/4.0, 1/80s.

I don’t have the EXIF data for this image, but I know that I applied a fancy blur filter that I found somewhere online.

My first ever bridal party photograph! ISO 50, f/4.0, 1/100s

Do you like what I did with his flower? I was SO EXCITED when I learned to add selective color.

The exposure on this image is a little bright, but I was actually proud of my framing in this image. ISO 50, f/3.2, 1/50s.

I can honestly tell you that I did not see that tree in the center of the frame, nor did I notice the chain link fence. ISO 50, f/2.8, 1/50s

Ok, I still didn’t notice the tree, nor the fence, but I also had no clue that I focused on said tree. Also, more selective color! ISO 1532, f/3.2, 1/50s

ISO 16244, f/4.0, 1/60s

ISO 50, f/2.5, 1/60s

Lonnie & Amanda, THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to take snapshots of your wedding, I owe my entire career to your faith in me.

PS. And thank you for not disowning me!

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