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Les_G 13 148 4 Scotland
10 Aug 2012 1:35PM
if you have time today I would take a quick look at the venue, if you are not already familiar with it. It allows you to go in knowing where you will set up the shots.
At least the weather looks ok for tomorrow, maybe a bit sunny but its better than rain.

Enjoy it and I hope all goes well.
Nick_w Plus
14 4.3k 99 England
10 Aug 2012 2:03PM
I know the Church very well - it's in the village I grew up in. The reception venue I've been to a long time ago, but don't remember much about it, and won't be able to get there today, unfortunately.
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
10 Aug 2012 2:44PM
pair of step ladders for the massive group shot (if they want one) - I don't mean you're short by the way.

Plenty of waffle for the group shots to keep them entertained and smiling.
User_Removed 15 398 6 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 2:45PM
Sorry if this is disjointed - My advice is to think ahead, for example the signing of the register, be ready with your settings and what your going to do. Being ready when you come out of the church etc. Like already said have a list of formal shots.

Dont forget the detail shots, get to speak to the vicar to check where you can stand - no flash normally, ideally you want to be front right so you have a clear view of bride but not always possible.

When I shoot I think in chapters of a book whether producing a book or not, so I am always looking for a main image then 2-3 follow up images for example. think in your mind the key shots, make a list if neccesary.

Weddings are hard work, physically and mentally draining but preperation and having a contingency plan if weather and or too sunny!!! If your doing all day its full on until the wedding breakfast, when you get a little break until speeches,

Dress smartly but up to you if your wear a suit - I prefer smart but pratical - you'll find out why I am sure.

Delegate the bestman or usher to round people up for formals and as already said work large to small - so get the group shot first and work down to the immediate family shots. Keep it fun and moving take multiple shots of the groups incase of blinkers.

Go with the flow but get the couple to make time 20 or 30 mins before the wedding breakfast to get some couple shots and again if possible after the wedding breakfast or before guests arrive. Borrow someone, I usally get a bridesmaid to assist with dress and reflector, flash etc.

Remember though its a wedding and not a photoshoot so be sympathetic to this whilst being aware they will want images to remember their day.

Good luck
peterjones 19 5.1k 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 3:10PM
the advice here is all good so I will just wish you all the best for tomorrow; your baptism has certainly been the "deep end" variety much as mine was with National Weddings ... anyone remember them?

Please let us know how you get on.

G'luck, Peter. Grin
Nick_w Plus
14 4.3k 99 England
10 Aug 2012 3:45PM

Quote:pair of step ladders for the massive group shot (if they want one) - I don't mean you're short by the way

Don't need one - theres an elevated area in the grounds of the reception venue Wink besides most of the guests are even shorter than me.

Thanks for all your good wishes some brilliant advice in there, and I will let you know how I get on.

I've already sent a list through to them (and got it back) of shots they want - which I will print out (Thanks Pete).
I have contacted the Usher and got him on side (I don't know the best man yet, awaiting contact details for him).
The vicar has also been contacted by my sister and he has made suggestions where best to stand in the Church etc.
I will be happy when the formal stuff is out of the way, hopefully the informal stuff will be second nature. I've also got a back up (Olympus Pen with kit lens - but best I could muster at short notice)

The camera bit is fine I'm more than happy using manual settings and chimping, its all the other stuff I've to contend with, and there was me looking forward to having a pint or three during the reception.
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
10 Aug 2012 3:49PM
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
10 Aug 2012 3:49PM

Quote:got her against a white wall and got her to drink out of the bottle..

Sounds like a night out in Leeds

Source of all inspiration Wink
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
12 Aug 2012 2:46PM
....did you survive Wink
Nick_w Plus
14 4.3k 99 England
12 Aug 2012 4:09PM
Its a long story ..but the wedding didn't go ahead Sad
Focus_Man 11 481 631 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 9:39AM
As far as I am concerned the manin thing is to plan the day out. I have looked at your website so your quality and ability to deliver is beyond questioin, it is what you deliver. In my film camera day, having discussed everything with the B&G first.

You asked for tips and I will supply you with some, but I doubt that all will apply now given this quite different age. The tips will not include management of weddings as a business, very, very important though, as you have to be correct in everything you do and say throughout the complete exercise.

Management is a whole subject in itself not withstanding risk assessment and insurance.

So photographic advice, ensure that you have two camera bodies just in case you have problems and the same goes for SD cards, they can have temporary failures and also ensure they have sufficient capacity for the job once you have planned your shots to be taken.

Firstly visit the church and select likely places for the photographs to be taken, not all in the same place of necessity, different shots will be better in differing locations so plan and remember. Ensure you will have clear backgrounds to your shots, see if the church doors are sufficiently photogenic and if so, stop the Bride and Groom as they leave church, shut the doors behind them and take a set of shots of them against the doors before opening them again.

Ask the vicar/priest, what shots you will be permitted to take within the church during the service – do not vary from this, respect his/her wishes.

Next, write down a list of the basic shots you will need to take, in the order that they will occur. Starting with the arrival at the church/registry office, of the Groom with his best man and ending with shots at the reception of the cutting of the wedding cake.

Like: Groom and best man – 2 shots of them full length, shaking hands and head and shoulders. Next to arrive at church will be the bride’s mother probably with a male escort and also the bridesmaids. 2 shots of mother with escort and a number of shots of all bridesmaids as a group, full length and close up if there are not too many. Go through all the shots like this until the basic list is common place to you. You will have whatever you are permitted to take inside the church but signing the register is never refused.

Once outside the church, build up your group, at the door if it is photogenic and closed - starting with bride and groom, then add best man and bridesmaids, then add parents from both sides until you end up with a group of all the invited guests. After that take individual shots of the bride and groom, as well as them together using a different location ie different backdrop.

Take the bride and groom walking to the car, stopping to turn their heads towards you then both of them getting into the car as well as inside of it.

Visit the place of the reception and sort out where the tables will be, where will the cake be located etc. arrange to have the ‘wedding knife’ on hand to pretend to cut the cake, thereby taking the pictures as soon as you arrive at the reception, rather than sit around until the right time comes. That way you can be on your way home in good time.

Outside of your basic list, ask the couple about any special shots they would like. You may be surprised, at one location here on Wirral, the ‘Devon doorway’ there is a clock on a stand, in the outside grounds. I had started to take pictures of the Bride and Groom, either side of the clock, feet at the bottom leaning outwards with hands around the stem and at full stretch. I was therefore surprised for one couple to request “That picture that you always do by the clock is a must.” So plan for their requirements and also plan for any children presenting horseshoes to the happy couple to be fitted in and do your best to help respect any wishes the church or wedding car drivers have in respect of confetti. It can and does make a mess and somebody has to clean up after you.

There is a great deal more, but I hope this gives you a guide as per your request. I have written it hastily and there will be omissions I am sure, but I am just attempting to give you some of my experience for the distant past in film days.


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