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Old 17-05-2011, 10:58   #1 (permalink)
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I have been asked by a friend to cover their sons wedding in November, I need as much help as I can get any tips will be gratefully accepted.
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Old 17-05-2011, 11:15   #2 (permalink)
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There are lots of wedding tips on the forums. Search weddings and you will find threads like these

http://www.pixalo.com/community/gene...tml#post298067

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...hlight=wedding

http://www.pixalo.com/community/gene...hlight=wedding

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...tml#post264209

http://www.pixalo.com/community/gene...hlight=wedding

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...hlight=wedding

Also check out posts by Spxxx to see his wedding pictures.
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Old 17-05-2011, 12:13   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help.
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Old 17-05-2011, 16:13   #4 (permalink)
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The best tip I can give is "Don't do it", particularly as it's for a friend. Ask yourself a few questions first -

1 Do you have 2 decent cameras?
2 Will your lenses cut the mustard?
3 Are you OK with flash?
4 What if it rains?
5 What if you lose your (full) memory cards?
6 What if you catch the Plague the day before?
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I fully expect you to ignore the above otherwise Photography wouldn't be fun but I hope it makes you realise you are shooting the most important day of someone's life, so don't foul up. Now, go and read all those threads that Dabhand has pointed to and Good Luck.
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Old 17-05-2011, 17:39   #5 (permalink)
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what Stephano said!
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Old 17-05-2011, 18:28   #6 (permalink)
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wish you all the best.. and I am certain you will do well.. I was also getting jittery when I cover my 1st assignment .. after that it goes like a piece of cake.. Important thing to remember is to believe in yourself..

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Old 17-05-2011, 18:39   #7 (permalink)
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When and if it goes pear shaped guess who gets the blame?
Best advice, don’t do it….you all stay friends afterwards, but offer to take ‘normal’ photographs of the ceremony, reception and the guests enjoying themselves throughout the day.
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Old 17-05-2011, 20:32   #8 (permalink)
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I assume that they cannot afford to pay a pro tog which is fine as they are extremely expensive. Then as long as your friends fully understand that you have not done this before and that they do not expect a "professional" result go ahead and enjoy yourself - I am sure you will get some wonderful shots. But do plan for rain and scout the location first.
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Old 17-05-2011, 20:54   #9 (permalink)
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Im no wedding photographer by a long way and have too been roped into "taking a few" for a friend at her wedding. In al fairness i quite enjoyed the expeirence and was relatively pleased with the results i got. They were really pleased as well. They knew i wasnt a pro she was and still is a work collegue. The way i see it is as long as everyone is aware etc i really dont see a problem as long as you got plenty of cards battery etc.
End of the day even the pros started somewhere and to me alot have priced themselves out the market my daughter is getting married in Sept and she has two students from the local uni taking hers ive seen their work and they are realy very good and for very reasonable money. Ive been as a guest to weddings where the reception cost £50k ive been to another with a ham sandwich and slice of cake End of the day the result was the same.
I just tidied mine up a bit in CS3 stuffed them on a disc let her look at which ones she wanted had about 30 or so printed and they done their own album.
I would say visit the venue first armed with camera etc and have a play noting postions settings etc
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Old 18-05-2011, 08:28   #10 (permalink)
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I'm doing my sisters wedding next week. And I'm looking forward to it. I expects a lot more from myself then my sister expects of me, which is good. She's fully aware of my ability and she's totally convident I can do it. I'm well prepared, my kit is as well.

You need to definitely prepare and also make sure you've got the right kit that can give good results. And make sure you discuss all the things needed, so that you know what they want.

I asked my sister to give me all examples of pictures that she would like. And we went to all the locations. And I've also given her examples of what I would like to get out of it. We will see, I can see already that it's gonna be very hectic for me. But I feel convident enough I can do it
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One tip I'll give you is go with the flow and follow things untill after the service and then TAKE CONTROL!!!!

After the service you need to make your voice heard, getting the bride and groom's parents for their shots, best man and brides maids, and the whole wedding party. At this point YOU are in charge giving the orders and you dont need people wandering off or not knowing they are needed etc.

Also have a sit down with the couple before the wedding to find out their expectations from the photos and if there are any "Cant be missed" pics they need.

Get to all the venues before the day and see what the light is like and where will be good for you to be to capture things, talk to the vicar about photography and flash during the service etc. Oh and dont overdo the flash or thats all people will remember this **** with a camera distracting them from their daughters wedding with FLASH FLASH FLASH!!!!

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Old 19-05-2011, 15:57   #12 (permalink)
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I'd say don't do it. I always said it was something I'd never do. But...... I've been asked to take some at a wedding of a lad that works for my husband as they cannot afford a photographer. So I have told them that I am not a wedding photographer, so don't expect the big production numbers you see in the bridal magazines. I'm also only shooting groups after the ceremony.
Mind you wedding is in October & indoors, so might be a challenge & I've asked to meet them for a chat and its' not been arranged yet, hope they are not leaving it too late.
Luckily I am going to the venue next week as a young lad from our cycle club is organising a 6th form ball there and I am taking shots of the guests before the event, so can get in a bit of practice.
All I can really say is good luck and only do it if you feel confident that you can.
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Old 19-05-2011, 16:41   #13 (permalink)
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I was feeling a little apprehensive about the shoot but thanks to Stepheno and FionaB I am now terrified, it’s not as if it’s something you can practise.
Still we will see what happens on the day, only 6 more months to worry about the big day.
I might ask them to wear motorcycle helmets and race around the church that would be right up my street.
Seriously though thanks for all the comments.
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Old 19-05-2011, 17:04   #14 (permalink)
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Magpie, you are a man after my own heart I did think of asking the bride & groom to get on bikes & race past me as I know I can shoot that!
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All the above comments about preparing kit (Stepheno / Fiona). I used to avidly clean and check everything - shutter releases, batteries etc. - the night before. Always 2 cameras (one for silent shots in the church) and 3 flashes (fill-in and static) and a tripod. All packed and ready to go.

A tripod has not been mentioned - it is absolutely essential for many posed shots. You can frame up and then leave your camera in position while arranging people, dresses, cake etc., and come back to it, knowing your reference point. It also acts as a focus for people to know where you want them to look. You will need a quick release to as you switch between posed and casual shots.

As mentioned by Canvey Portraits "take control" - Managing people is 90% of the art to getting good results. Get to know the place and people involved.

Practice over the next few months getting candid shots of everyone and anyone.

Last of all: forget about being a guest. You will have to be on the ball all the time.

Naturally - best wishes for the day.
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Very interesting some of the links. I've definitely taken a few and will print them out. Gosh getting little nervous now.

I'd say the first link some brilliant good advice in there. You good luck for the wedding.
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