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Asked to do a wedding . . . .

9 Apr 2013 12:08PM
Asked by a friend of a friend to shoot their wedding . . . . . and I said 'no way - get a pro to do it!!' First time I have been asked mind you!! They even offered a decent rate, which I could really use at the moment.

Maybe one day . . . .

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keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 Apr 2013 12:19PM
You already cover award evenings etc......do it.
9 Apr 2013 12:24PM
I used to do Weddings as a semi-pro about 25 years ago. Very stressful indeed. And I don't/won't do it now.
It's really a case of knowing what the couple want & expect.
Getting a good look around the wedding venue & reception.
Draw up a picture list, together with the couple. Then try & stick to it.
Remember to include some arty & romantic shots of the bride & the groom. (I used to visit each in their respective homes/hotels).
I recall I never actually enjoyed the day. I was panicking at the developers, hoping that I'd got a good set of images. I used to relax at the reception, after the couple & immediate family had viewed the proof shots. then I'd have a very long drink.
Now with digital you can take lots of images & get a quick indication of weather the shots are coming out under/over exposed.
I would never say it was fun though. Nor would I recommend doing a friends wedding.
9 Apr 2013 12:33PM
No - not for me at the moment. Its a one time event - don't think I could take the pressure!!! Award evenings and parties are a little different to a wedding Keith!!
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 Apr 2013 12:42PM
Nah - admittedly there are fewer smiles but you know how to shoot in low light, use a flash and you've obviously been to a wedding and onw a suit.
scottishphototours 12 2.6k 2
9 Apr 2013 12:47PM
Easiest way to lose a friend is to screw up their wedding pics...
Carabosse Plus
13 40.1k 269 England
9 Apr 2013 12:49PM
Even I'm doing one in July, and using my little M4/3 equipment too (shock, horror etc). Wink

I don't expect to enjoy it.......... but you never know until you've tried. You obviously enjoy photography which involves working with people, Nigel. I don't particularly. So you have a big advantage.
9 Apr 2013 12:49PM

Quote:but you know how to shoot in low light, use a flash and you've obviously been to a wedding and onw a suit.

Yeah - I own a socket set too, but that doesn't make me a mechanic!!!! Wink
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 Apr 2013 12:49PM
Eveybody has to start somewhere. Dont fall into the the great Wedding Photography myth.
Newdevonian 4 466 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 12:52PM
It's less about photography, more about crowd control!
I'm ducking now! Grin
9 Apr 2013 12:56PM
I hear you Keith - all the wedding photographers on here had to break their duck I suppose!! If I did decide to go down that route, I think I would choose to be a second shooter or something like that first. I am more than confident with the kit that I have (currently just a gripped 400D, Sigma 17-70mm and a Nissin Di622 flash).

Looking at upgrading when I can get some cash together to a 2nd hand 40D (the 400D struggles to focus in low light) and I really like the look of the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8!!
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
9 Apr 2013 12:57PM
weddings are like playing gigs

if you "think" too much, you're f**ked

just go with the flow...
keithh Plus
12 25.0k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 Apr 2013 12:57PM
Bevlad 4 1 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 1:01PM
Me and a friend have done a couple of weddings for our friends and didnt find it too bad.
You can take a load of pressure off by doing it for free and just look at it as a tester for you.
It really helps having a second photographer there who can get informal shots while you are doing the group shots, being able to cover both sides of the church is really handy especially if you find yourself in an not so good angle at a critical time.
It also helps at the reception with the speeches and the first dance being able to cover 2 angles.
You need someone there to drag people out of the bar for the group shots, no one seems to want to be in them.
I dont know how much processing you do for Award evenings and parties but it took me 2 weeks (2 hours an evening, 1200 pictures) to get them all how I liked them, but you could obviously do that a lot quicker if you just process the top 500
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
9 Apr 2013 1:05PM

Quote:Just in case you need to read something


been a while since I last read that... essential reading for all prospective wedding togs... Wink

love the bit about back-up kit... Wink

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