“I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’ “ – Maya Angelou
Last Friday I had the honour of photographing Frances Stephenson’s wedding. What made it (psychologically) a lot harder than the average wedding was this – both the Bride and a lot of the guests were professional photographers. In fact a lot of them were WEDDING photographers.
The Maya Angelou quote refers to Imposter Syndrome – that feeling you’re going to be found out any minute as a fraud. I was feeling that sensation big style on this day.
So I turned up, clammy hands… in fact sweating all over. (In fact, I’d planned to arrive early, but I’d spent an half an hour driving around Leicester, before grabbing some lunch which I had to protect from an overzealous wasp) took some deep breaths and did it.
And I think in the end it made me push myself a lot harder than usual. I knew Fran had booked me for my style… and I just found myself being more purposefully ‘me’
Also, those of you who know me will know I changed to using Fuji cameras recently. A lot of photographers don’t take these seriously (in fact, I second shoot a lot for a photographer who is very amused by them). I think the little cameras held there own, whilst allowing me to get shots I wouldn’t usually get.
It was an excellent wedding, with lots of huge personalities, lots of fun – and I even got to ride to the ceremony in a fire engine.
I’ll share the full set when I’ve finished, but here are some early pictures.