When I first started out photographing weddings, I would get nervous for at least a week before the wedding and I was nervous most of the day when I was at the wedding. I was unsure of myself and my abilities as a photographer. I wanted so badly to do a good job for the couple, but I was unsure of the specific ways to do that. I missed my kids terribly and I wanted, more than anything, to do an awesome job and get home to my family.
Now, things are a little different, thankfully. I have learned a lot along the way. I went to school for photography, developed my style and became really secure with my images. Not to say I never have my moments of self-doubt...I do just as much as anyone else...but I am confident in my abilities and I know I can deliver what my clients have hired me for.
I do still get nervous before a wedding and I'm glad I do. I feel like it makes me aware of the importance of the day and I hope I never lose that feeling. I'm not a social person, by nature, and I struggle with new social environments, so that tends to add to my nervous energy. Over the years, this has improved dramatically and I'm happy for it. I'll explain a bit more about this in a future post, but for now, just know that I get a little shy when in social situations of any kind.
Whatever new situation you are in, I think it's good to be at least a little nervous. If nothing else, it helps create nervous laughter and laughter is always a good thing.