Shooting Leslie-Ann and Gary’s wedding wasn’t nearly as difficult as deciding to shoot their wedding. It’s my first time involved in a full wedding, and first time visiting the United States to add. I was caving under the pressure and wrote them a letter to decline. This was Gary’s response:
“…by emphasizing that Leslie-Ann and I care a lot about our wedding photos, we are not at all worried about your “performance.” Loving photography and having ridiculously high standards for a photographer are two different things. We love photography. But we do not have unreasonable expectations. As a challenge for a photographer, it is nothing more than a small party. It’s a practice round for your wedding portfolio, and you have a rare opportunity to have free reign on a wedding armed with digital and film Nikon (again: “Nikon, right?”) gear, with a couple of people (me and LA) who are not tightly-wound douchebags who will get all bent out of shape if their photos are not exactly perfect. We will love whatever you do. I promise.”
And to think I almost didn’t want to go.