I had plenty of years' practise before i photographed my first wedding - my niece's (free of charge) Up until then i used my 40d camera and 200mm lens to photograph lots of football matches. You can't beat a bit of live action. My photographs appeared on the front covers of Hinckley United's programmes and it wasn't long before the newspapers came looking for a football photographer too. The Hinckley Times sent me off to Leicester City's ground to cover a Hinckley match for them. It was a great experience for me. I'd taken a few thousand pictures when i decided that i'd like to try weddings instead. I read up on it and realised i needed some new equipment.
For the weddings i brought another DSLR camera (like the one in the picture) and did as many weddings as i could.. A few weeks after finishing them i had a stroke. Suddenly, the hopes of photography i had were dashed. Luckily, i've still got the cameras, but what will happen with them i don't know. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink it would explain my sons lack of interest in photography. He doesn't feel the same way about it as i do. That's a shame really. You can't force it on somebody. You've either got it or you haven't. I've got so much stuff and nobody to use it. Not many 25-year olds get the opportunity to own so so much gear.
I got good reviews for the wedding and turned the pictures into albums. They went down very well and i'd still be doing them now if i could.
Things happen for a reason. I can't argue with that. Why i couldn't i have done it when i was younger is a question i'll always ask myself. You need a special kind of personality to do it.
I always have a respect for photographers and the work they produce. There are so many talented people out there. My favourite photographs are in black and white and have people in them. I love to see a good photograph. I'm reminded of my niece who wanted a career taking pictures. I asked her if she knew what a DSLR was. "No idea" she said. "What do you take pictures with?" "I use my phone" she said. There's a lot more involved to it than that.