A friend of mine asked me to take her wedding photos last fall. I was petrified. I'm used to stressing out over non-critical photos, i.e. photos I'm taking for me, so imagine how freaked out I was pondering the pressure of getting the right shots. I had my checklist in my head: #1 the kiss, #2 family staged shots, #3 environment shots, etc. etc., but even with a good plan I was still pretty nervous.
I revisited the shots I got recently and overall I am pretty happy with them. It was definitely a learning experience though. I know that I don't want to be a wedding photographer. The couple I shot couldn't have been nicer, the location couldn't have been more beautiful, and the people at the wedding couldn't have been more accommodating of an obviously novice photographer. After it was all over I was imagining what would it have been like if everything went to hell and the people weren't so patient and friendly.
So, to the title of this thread. The reason I was looking back at the images was because my wife asked if I had anything I could hang up in our bedroom - she had three frames lying around and 8x10 mats. I immediately thought of some shots of these paper lanterns that were hanging in the barn where they bride and groom had their reception. The barn was beautiful, and these lanterns added just the right amount of light.