Wedding photography. A far away dream… or so I thought. See, when I first started, I didn’t think this was possible until years down the road. I wanted to take it slow to make sure I felt like I was ready. Afterall, shooting a wedding is a HUGE responsibility and I have only been in business for a few months!
One of the things I was taught at the #AJworkshop was that you have to put yourself out there. You might get scoffed at, you might get blown off, but in the sea of closed off photographers, there will be a few who will be open and kind. Building a network of supportive creatives who care and are willing to help is essential for success. As an introvert though, this thought was terrifying. Especially because for the few years I’ve lived here, I’ve felt like a total outsider and weirdo. But I was committed and determined to take the necessary steps to make my dreams come true.
So about a month ago, I decided to face some of my fears and reach out to a local photographer in Hermosillo. I was lucky enough to have reached out to one of the few people Amy and Jordan said would be there. His name is David Hinojos. And he is a super talented photographer who has been working both locally and internationally for years.
During our chat, he filled me in on some of the general aspects of the Hermosillo Wedding Market. Though my ultimate goal is to shoot weddings in the U.S., it would be silly for me to not build relationships here since this is where I’m currently living. We talked for quite a while about different shooting techniques, the community, the client base and our backgrounds. It was such a great talk and I was so so thankful for him giving me time, in a season where he doesn’t usually have much spare time. As the conversation was coming to an end, he invited me to come along to one of his upcoming weddings. I tried to play it cool, but inside I was screaming from excitement! Could this be real? I was so excited at the thought of being able to really see what the dynamics were of a wedding in Mexico. I thanked him profusely and we went on our way.
Building a network of supportive creatives who care and are willing to help is essential for success.
Fast forwarding a bit, to a couple of weeks ago, I shot my first wedding. By myself. In Tucson. With no prior assisting experience or second shooting experience. EVER. I went in with only the experience of having gotten married 3 years ago and several portrait sessions under my belt. The bride knew, she was on board, trusted me and gave me a chance. The day went by so fast, I had a rush of emotions flowing through me, and at the end, I was on a high of having completed my first wedding EVEEEEERRRRR.
When I got home, my dreams of being a wedding photographer were cemented and re-ignited. I knew I had to get myself in gear and be more proactive. I couldn’t expect to make these dreams reality, when all I was doing was dreaming about them in the far off future. I remembered the conversation I had with David. I reached out to him again asking if he was still open to the idea of me tagging along. He confirmed and said I was welcome. This was it! After the intimate wedding I had shot in Tucson, and previous meeting I had with David, I was going to be able to see a behind the scenes look at a large-scale Mexican Wedding.
Throughout the entire day, David patiently took the time to teach and show me how he works and how he shoots to achieve his style. He even allowed me to direct the bride and take over posing for a bit (though I was too shy to do it at the time so I only had her do a couple of things before handing it back off to him). It was an incredible experience to actually see another photographer in action. He answered my questions, I sat back to observe. When I felt in the moment, I snapped a few photos. I had an absolute blast! And learned a ton! Despite some time constraints, David always kept his composure. The way he treated everyone was with kindness and respect. It was awesome.
And, he even let me post the BTS images and use them for my business (hence the blog post hehe). Thank you a million times over for the opportunity to have followed you around. It’s no surprise that you are one of the most sought ofter photographers in Hermosillo.
To anyone in my position, wanting to get into photography or in the beginning stages of their business, I can’t say it enough times… reach out. Start fostering and building those relationships with other photographers. No matter where you are in the world or what market your in, there will ALWAYS be at least one other person willing to share and be open with you. There’s no other way to learn than to actually be in the action! And you can’t be in the action unless you reach out and ask.
Here are a few BTS images from the wedding documented from the getting ready portion to just after the ceremony. Enjoy!
Huge thank you to Veronica and Carlos who allowed me to join them on their special day. I was actually a guest at this wedding so it was pretty fun to see both of them getting ready and seeing each other for their first looks. After the ceremony, I rushed home to change into my formal evening gown and went to the party to enjoy the rest of the night.
Also, I can’t thank David enough for letting me tag along with him. As a new photographer, in an overwhelming market, it’s people like him who help make dreams come true and help make this ride a little less bumpy. I’m so happy to know that the spirit of Community Over Competition is present in Hermosillo, even if it’s just a small circle… for now 😉