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Hmm title makes it sound like I plan on getting married many times throughout my life, but that's not quite what I mean (though I won't rule anything out :p)

SO technically I lied, it's my second wedding, my first was my sisters where I was the maid of honor (Mistake #1) after only having my T2i kit (Mistake #2) for a month (Mistake #3) and thinking reading half way through Understanding Exposure would be sufficient (Mistake #4)

I know, I know! I cringe to think of it. Even now, doing this wedding as a 'favor' because they can't afford a 'real' photographer has my palms sweating. I'm not ready for this!

Too bad, it's happenning. So I'm going through literally hundreds of the threads in this and the photo sharing 'wedding' subforum, thinking of other events I've done (recently did my nieces quince) and what I learned from them, trying to think of everything that could go wrong. And that's where this thread comes in.

If yall have any advice like nuggets of gold, that 'don't forget' that 'here's a tip' that 'I wish I had known' feel free to chime in!

I'm most nervous for the reception shots and the posed shots, because this is when people are most aware of the camera. I think I'll be ok for the church because people won't be focused on me, they'll be focused on each other so it'll be easier to capture that raw emotion. What do you fabulous engagement session shooters tell people to make them laugh so naturally?!

Post #1, Feb 16, 2012 16:34:02


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Dont sweat the reception, a vast majority of the shots can be repeated if you have to. For the posed group shots, how are you doing the lighting?

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Good luck! I've never shot a wedding, but you have the tools for the job. Your 135L would definitely give the gorgeous dreamy look that the couple WILL love, so i would strap that on and go nuts :)

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gonzogolf wrote in post #13910488external link
Dont sweat the reception, a vast majority of the shots can be repeated if you have to. For the posed group shots, how are you doing the lighting?

Natural, at a local park. I've shot there before and is turned out pretty ok, especially at the time they want it to be done at

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Here's some pictures I shot there before, please don't be mean, I know I'm not good, and these people know what they're getting into with my shots, they know I'm a straight amateur

Ok go ahead and be mean, I won't learn any other way

http://www.flickr.com ...r/sets/721576293496​85495/external link

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I liked this one... :)

http://www.flickr.com ...in/set-72157629349685495/external link

How long do you have until the wedding?

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That one's my favorite too, she looks so sweet. But she didn't like it cuz she looked so sweet. Damn kids these days.

So the wedding.. Yeah... um.. it's on Saturday.

Wondering if I should pick up an extra battery pack, or just keep recharging mine whenever I get a chance. I have so many thoughts running through my head!

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Definitely pick up a second battery pack. And an extra set of rechargeable batteries (or two) for your flash. Do you have a flash diffuser? Since you're going to be outside it might be a little helpful, though you'll have to possibly mess with your flash exposure compensation if you diffuse your flash with something.

Do you have a volunteer to use as a victim er um model before the wedding so you can check and see what will work best for you while you're there?

Oh, and in case it's raining - are they moving inside or shooting outside? If they're shooting outside you'll either need a rain cover or you'll need a bread bag to prevent your camera from getting completely soaked...

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I only bite on the second Tuesday of every week, usually only mean people - they kinda taste like chicken...
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You're taking both bodies, right?

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Both cameras yeah, so I'm ordering the rogue bender for the flash, plus an extra batter, that's 100 bucks I don't know if they'll be nice enough to 'donate' since I'm doing it for free. But whatever, the experience will be priceless and I'm going to need those things anyways.


Def won't be raining, we're in california, forcast is sun sun sun.

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I have my tips posted on my blog: http://redtiephotograp​hy.wordpress.com ...y/tips-for-photographers/external link

Notice, there are 3 of my other blog posted linked in the first paragraph that I would recommend you look though.

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Thanks! I've seen your stuff around here and like it. I'll make sure to read your blog post.

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At this point, you can't learn much more than you already know, especially now that we're 24 hours out.

Please come back after the wedding and let us know how it went. Would love to see pictures.

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Thats not true at all and horrible advice lol

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It is somewhat true when dealing with some if the more serious aspects of photography. You cannot learn consistency the week of, or how to use your flash in many different situations. You can't learn how the flow of the day goes, or where you can make up time. These are all things that need to be done for a while before you cam really grasp them, and they are some of the most important aspects of wedding photography.

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