It was my first wedding. I was nervous and excited to capture the magic of someone’s special day. As I watched the lead photographer maneuver among the décor, I promise you my ears played tricks on me. “I challenge you”
Um what did you just say?
"I challenge you. I challenge you to shoot this wedding fully on manual mode."
To say I was taken aback would be putting it mildly. No she did NOT just challenge me.
I looked back at her, and she smiled and said it again. I looked at her. I looked at my camera. I switched from automatic mode to fully manual mode. I took a practice shot….oh dear!
It's good to remember where I've come from. That first wedding was a loooong time ago. It's funny to remember my face and reaction to her words. I was browsing through my archives and I came across the following image. It'll never be framed on anybody's wall or in an album. But I am very proud of this image; one of the very few from that first wedding that was well lit and perfectly composed....in manual mode!