For a few years I stopped shooting events. During that time photography had become more of a chore than a passion for me. I was trying to eliminate all the things that kept photography from being fun. In retrospect, I realize that I had become frustrated with the process of building a business. After some much needed refocusing an opportunity presented itself for me to start doing events again.
A close friend reached out to me to shoot a wedding. Her friend needed to find a replacement photographer to shoot the ceremony at the last second. I agreed as a favor for my friend who was also in the wedding. The wedding was less than a week away so I was probably the last option. Nevertheless, I was excited for the opportunity to return to events by shooting my first wedding. I had previously been approached to shoot weddings, but turned them down out of fear of not being ready. This time around I was fully prepared and confident in my abilities. In that moment, I realized that self-doubt had prevented my progress. I can only imagine how many weddings I missed out on shooting. I guess the timing was wrong before.