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As most of you know I was away this weekend photographing a friend's wedding, and as photographic experiences go it was simultaneously the most fun and the most stressful time I've had in a long while. I've come back with 376 RAW images, totalling just about 3GB, and I'm pretty much happy with the way they turned out. I've also had the chance to go through them with the bride and groom, and they both liked them ... which was a huge relief ;-)

Anyway, my admiration for those who do this sort of work has increased tremendously, it isn't easy, particularly if you shoot for any length of time. I started at around 12.30pm at the bride's house and shot pretty much continuously until 9pm, and I expected to be a bit stressed by the end of it, but I hadn't expected to be quite so physically worn out – my right arm, wrist and fingers were all aching. A quick wander around shooting shots for chromasia is not quite the same as eight and a half hours shooting, to say the least.

As for this shot: it was taken at the bride's house about an hour before the ceremony and is of one of the bridesmaids getting ready. Had I not known the bride and groom I think my experience might well have been quite different, but being introduced to everyone as a friend meant that everyone I photographed seemed quite at ease with my presence. Maybe it would have been that way anyway, but I managed to get quite a few shots that have the same relaxed intimacy as this one.

So, to conclude, thanks to my friends for allowing me to chronicle their day, and thanks to everyone who agreed that I could use their photograph on chromasia.

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1.32pm on 16.10.04/04
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
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