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#1 Stevel

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 05:55 AM

All the Photos. are safely in Lightroom and backed up to an external drive so I can finally start breathing again! | was at the venue for 12 hours in total starting with the bride hair/makeup/getting ready stuff and ending with the First Dance.

 

The Raw files look fine and I captured most of the stuff I had planned.

 

What didn't go well was the Groom's mother deciding to leave the venue and drive to the local supermarket to have one of her own Photos. (she had taken over my shoulder) printed. Apparently she wanted to stick it in a frame she had brought with her for the top table at the Reception!!!!  

 

She couldn't be found for 30 minutes meaning the four photos she needed to be in (including the final group shot) had to be delayed until right at the end of the time allocated for the Photos. My time with the Bride and Groom was cut dramatically as a result.

 

The Groom was furious (I wasn't too impressed either!) but it was left to me to calm him down. The frame and Photo. never  made it to the table either! 

 

Other than that I really enjoyed the day and  learnt loads  - mainly about how to direct large groups quickly. I just hope Mother and son were back on speaking terms by the end of the night. ;-)


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 12:17 PM

Congratulations, seems like a real test of patience and people skills.... 12 hrs is a long day when trying to think creatively. Hope you and the bride are happy with your efforts, though I suspect you might be harder to please than the bride...(-:


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 12:39 PM

Oh man. This is why I'm a wildlife photog lol!
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 02:29 PM

Steve, why do you think I stopped doing weddings......my last one was in Speke Hall, now that was an ordeal. Let this be a lesson to you mate lol. YNWA, come on you redmen.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 03:56 PM

I'm glad that you survived it!  Weddings are a lot like work and the hours are terrible.  However a good wedding shooter is worth his or her weight in memory cards.

 

My son has been doing weddings for about three years and has built a successful business.  However, he's now exploring other facets of photography/videography, he just bought a Canon C1 (what a cool camera!), and wants to ease out of weddings.

 

David


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'When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.'

 


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Posted 19 July 2015 - 01:49 AM

Survived is about right lol. I've done plenty of events before but weddings are a different game all together. I take my hat off to the guys that used film back in the day - at least I could see instantly how I was doing.
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Posted 19 July 2015 - 08:02 AM

I know how you feel Steve, did my first wedding a few weeks ago. It had been years since I had did one and very quickly I remembered why I had stopped in the first place. The families didn't get along so the group pics came out like I had photographed the Hatfield's and McCoy's.  All in all knowing that you are creating something that people will keep forever is a plus. 


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Posted 19 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

Sounds more like evidence for the Black Room of Scotland Yard!

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 08:46 AM

thanks for sharing your experience with us, when your photos are ready, please share some here too ^^ the first is always the hardest I guess ;)

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 08:05 AM

That's why I gave up weddings. It's extremely hard to please everyone.

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 11:48 PM

I'm doing a wedding this weekend. Except for casual photo's at friends and family weddings this is the first one I have ever been "hired" to do. I'm doing it as a favor to family.  It is an outdoor wedding on a lake. Large deck and in the afternoon. It is on the Oregon coast so weather can be an issue. Mainly wind for this particular area.

 

Any advice or help is appreciated. I have been looking over wedding photo articles and list. Any advice on common mistakes or issues that can arise would help. I am using my Canon 70d and have multiple lens. But will keep it fairly simple.

 

thanks in advance.



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Posted 10 September 2015 - 03:11 AM

I guess first thing might be to check out the location and imagine the set up for specific important pics Bride & groom, family and all that stuff, and factor in the possible weather expectations, though there is just so much to consider I am hoping you have a plan and understand gear requirements for all the usual wedding pic requirements. Check out T&C`s most recent video which I covers outdoor portraits, natural light photography and fill in flash which will be more help than anything I might type... Most of all GOOD LUCK and post a pic or two here to let us know how you got on.


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