I've photographed four weddings, the first three were for friends and I didn't mind doing it. They paid for film, and I hung out with my friends photographing for a day, not a bad deal. The last one was a nightmare. I didn't want to do it, but a colleagues daughter needed a photographer and they were on a tight budget. Anyway I handed the film to the mother of the bride, walked away and said never again.
As a creative professional I'm always looking at how others creatives run and market their business. I saw on twitter that Jasmine was hosting a branding workshop in Orange County, I thought, I can afford that it's close why not. I love (I'm a guy when I use that word it says allot) how much joy and passion Jasmine brings not only to wedding photography, but her business. It's contagious I sat in the workshop and thought I could do that (weddings). I may never photograph another wedding, but T might, she'll need a second shooter, and I do heart working with my wife. Which is probably one reason I connect with the way Jasmine runs her business. It's not just the Jasmine show, her Mom helped out all day, and what a wonderful woman. Her husband JD set up and organized the workshop, was there all day helping out, and is a friendly helpful guy. Yes I write in run on sentences, and fragments.
We spent about an hour shooting, it was part of the branding workshop (branded photo's and creating signature images), and branding was why I went and I got more than my moneys worth.