We've all heard (and maybe had this happen) when a family member or friend wants a friend to photograph their wedding. Well.... its happening to me right now. I'd love to have the experience to see if maybe I would like to pursue (or run away from! ) this avenue. The thing is, when I ask people I meet for tips, etc, everyone freaks out and proclaims the couple MUST hire a pro. We all know that is just doesn't always work this way- no matter how much evidence you produce to try and change people's minds. What I want to know, is how did YOU get started in wedding photography. If it doesn't happen as an "accident"- taking photos for a friend, then a friend-of-a-friend, how does it happen? I have no idea if I will love or hate (or both) shooting weddings. But I would like to try and see what happens. (of course I'd rather not be the lone photographer!) Tell me your stories and possible suggestions of getting a REAL idea! Thanks!