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Old 29-05-2011, 08:49   #1 (permalink)
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My experience of my first weddingshoot

Some more practical advice here, since I've just done my first wedding shoot.

- You need at least 1,5 hours of shooting available otherwise you go into rushing mode.
- You need an assistant who carries around your gear and tell them NOT to go in there high heels.

It was a nightmare and I've not stopped shooting till midnight either. My sister, the bruid went in her high heels for the photoshoot to the beach, so we couldn't even go onto the sand and make a great photo with the beach as a background. No it now has a fencing on the background. In the park also we were pretty limited as we couldn't go on the some of the grounds, as she would sink in to deep, even though I told her to wear her trainies.

My assistant stood there (my other sister) and she didn't move much. No I had to instruct them constantly of what to do. And the time we had was near enough 45 minutes. In no way enough to go through your whole list and to actually be able to think of positions. The day was so tightly planned that there was no 5 minutes later in the afternoon either for some other photo's I had in mind. Yes I've learned my lesson for the next time.

Also the reason we had so little for the shoot, was because the hairdresser hadn't done a finished job before the day, so that on the day she would do it in one go. So this took about 2 hours instead I had instructed them all well, but they weren't prepared good enough and there was nothing I could do about that. I've had lots of comments about how I did it, so that gave me some confidence at least.

I will show some photo's soon. Exhaustion isn't the word after a weddingday, I'm still shaking on my legs now. But I would love to do this over and over and over again. It definitely has my great passion for it.

Oh and I near enough always used my 24-70.
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Old 29-05-2011, 09:56   #2 (permalink)
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Re: My experience of my first weddingshoot

Well done Cynthia Looking forward to seeing some pics.
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Re: My experience of my first weddingshoot

You are so brave, I would not have the confidence to have ago so I admire your courage. It would be nice to see some of your images and only you will know the blood sweat and tears that went into it. Congratulations.

Maybe weddings could have their own thread to assist others????
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Re: My experience of my first weddingshoot

well done, exactly how I felt after my first one.
To be honest i think the more experienced you get at weddings the less time you need for shooting, it IS dependant on B&G and guests being compliant tho! lol
it is most definitly a good idea to have a 2nd shooter/ assistant, I get really really bossy during weddings but you have to be! you cant be a shrinking violets and expect to get the best from the subjects.

Its an eye opener for sure as to the onlooker it doesnt look like hard work! HA! oh and thats the easy part the hard part is the hours spent on processing after the fact.

Oh and bottle of water is almost as important as an assistant! lol
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Old 29-05-2011, 18:37   #5 (permalink)
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Re: My experience of my first weddingshoot

Yes that bottle of water is vital, I would say. I also had a bag with chocolate bars with me, which turned out to be very handy indeed.

I did get very mouthy once I got going, cause people get very shy when that lens is directed to them. I just had to get used to the fact that I was the photographer and I could say and do what was needed But felt very good I tell ya.

And I can also see that in some cases I haven't been bossy enough, but if next time comes, I have learned my lesson.

The processing will be a long as I've got 480 photo's to get through which is from early morning till midnight. It was a great day though, and I've learned a lot.
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Re: My experience of my first weddingshoot

I remember the first job I did for the papers was a bit of a nightmare as much as I had prepared myself for the shoot other events happened that I wasn't able to control but you have to keep calm and not crack....sounds like you managed to keep calm under pressure

O and by the way I don't and will never do weddings.....you are a brave lady
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Re: My experience of my first weddingshoot

Well I'm working on the last few, and it has been a good experience but also very bad. I had to work through a book of excersizes for photoshop to be able to get some good results of certain badges of photo's. I've found out that my experience with light inside was crap and so those photo's I had to work on big style in photoshop to be to get some good results.

I wouldn't advice anybody to do a weddingshoot for family/friends. Well mine turned out with a lot of arguments. Also there is a lot of time involved in the afterwork which in my case took me ages. I've got so many other commitments that it took way to long. A pro will have the time as it is his/her job.

I personally am happy with the result as it was my first. I can't post anything untill I've delivered all photo's. But when I can, I will show some.

In the meantime, I know what my weaknesses are and therefore I've put myself down for a 5 year parttime course in the local academy. And that course will hopefully give me the guidance in the points I'm weak at. My goal is still to go professional at some point in my life, as it really does give me a buzz. I've taken so much photo's the last few weeks in my holiday. Just have to process them again
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Re: My experience of my first weddingshoot

Who would be a wedding 'tog?...
Good luck to you on that, you have done something that I could never do, and deserve credit for the attempt alone...

How often do we see stories of the 'Tog that "RUINED THE DAY" and all that media hype?...

As some of you may know, I am an Ex-Landlord of a public house.
I would NEVER do the Photographers job at a wedding, after the few weddings I have hosted on the "safe" side of the bar...
The biggest worry?.. the beast known as Mother-in-law.....
Mother-in-law has very "Fixed" ideas about what shot she wants taken, how, where, who, and in what order....
Doesnt matter that its the main door in and out of the establishment, or that the Photographer has told her the light isnt right, she WILL have the group shot with Granny taken there.....

I know some perfectly reasonable M-I-L's to be honest, but, what is it?.., I cant make out the actual moment, but daughters wedding does "Something" to them....
And I dont have the right frame of mind to be a photographer and "Over-rule" them on camera work...
Of course, behind the bar, its a different matter...

"My Gaff, My Rules".... see Pub Landlord Al Murray on that..........
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And I can also see that in some cases I haven't been bossy enough, but if next time comes, I have learned my lesson.
I do think being overly bossy can be very counter-productive (as well as highlighting poor people skills). I've been to weddings with bossy 'togs and people get irritated and uncooperative - and the resulting pics showed as they weren't that good.

The most successful results come from winning people over - takes slightly longer but cooperative people tend to be much happier people and happier people produce much better shots!
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Yes your right as well Mark. I take it as a good experience and have learned from my mistakes. Hopefully I will get more chances to in the future.
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