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Wedding Photography Blog

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My name is Daniel Negrea and I’m a Sacramento based wedding photojournalist . I serve all of Northern California and I’m based in Roseville CA . Here is some of my work:

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      • My First Wedding Photography Lesson

        I’ve loved photography my whole life. I’m that guy that takes so many pictures of his family that by the end of a vacation they threaten to leave me behind on our next trip. After giving up on taking pictures of my family and taking thousands of photos of random people, places, or just microscopic things in my backyard, I happened to find out a good friend of mine, Daniel, was a local wedding photographer. I’d taken pictures at weddings before but only as a guest and because of that, I was always worried about getting in the way of the professional photographer. What I ended up with was a lot of candid pictures of people eating in bad light.

        After I found out that Daniel was a photographer, I looked at his website and was pretty damn impressed. I realized that he was a true professional and that I wanted learn everything I could from him. Daniel is a really easygoing guy so asked him if I could come with him on his next wedding. He agreed and I met him at the venue for his next event for Alex and Lexa’s wedding in Sacramento, CA. Pictures of me helping to test the lighting shown below.

        You can see some of the pictures he and I took for my first wedding photographer lesson at http://westcoastpicture.zenfolio.com/alex_lexa

        What I learned that first day was that I had a lot to learn. Daniel has been photographing weddings for several years and I have to say that I was honestly impressed by the ease at which he managed the day, his ability to find quality light and compose a picture quickly, how well everyone responded to his personality and ridiculous jokes that made everyone laugh which made for great pictures. He taught me a few rules about not taking pictures when people have a mouth full of food, unless it’s the wedding cake, about giving the bride privacy when they needed it, and about how to take photos during a ceremony without disrupting the moment. I also learned that it’s a lot of work. After 7 hours of carrying around a heavy camera, crawling around to get the best possible shots, and trying to wrangle family members, the work is only about 1/2 of the way done. The next part, retouching every photo, can take another 7-15 hours (if you are as good as he).

        I learned these lessons and a whole lot more as we worked together on several other weddings that year before I started my own business. Today, Daniel and I share referrals when one or the other is already booked and share lessons learned about different parts of the business. Daniel been a great mentor and is a fantastic wedding photographer. One of my favorite parts of that first experience was taking pictures of the bride’s daughter taking pictures of me.

        Robert

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