I shot this image in December of 2011, at the home of a friend who was about to get married. I took a lot of pictures at that wedding– not as the official photographer, just as a guest having a lot of fun (I don’t think there was an official photographer at that particular wedding). The bride, my friend, was very patient with me that night.
I’d just gotten my very first interchangeable lens camera the week before: a Sony Alpha NEX-5N. I only had the 18-55mm kit lens with it, so that’s the lens that took this shot. That tiny camera with it’s LCD screen only for composition saw me through my first three years’ worth of photography. There were lots of very over-processed images to come from that camera, as I learned (sometimes not-so-gracefully) how to deal with editing software.
I’m looking back this week on images I’ve taken since 2011. This one, though, stands out to me because it’s probably the first picture I took that made me realize that photography is great fun. Finding light like this is life-giving and psyche-calming, in fact. I realized in looking at this shot for the first time all those years ago that I wanted to do a lot more photography. Ever since I took this shot, I’ve been looking everywhere for light just like this.