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Shooting my first wedding???

 
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Jun 05, 2017 20:27 |  #1

Well, this could be real. Before you are telling me I should second shoot one first and etc. Well, is not happening since I don't know any other wedding photographers in my area. I shot enough events but nothing like a wedding. I have just been asked to shoot one because her husband loves my cycling race photography. So, that's the situation. I love to get my feet wet in wedding photography too.

The problem is that I am single and don't really know what goes on in a wedding. I see photos with groom and bride dressing up. Are they usually in the same household? I guess not? That means I have to be there when it happens? And the reception is where the couples are having their wedding party? After the ceremonially, I should be traveling with the couples where they are having their reception? :) At what points the couples should have photos taken with their family members? And the groom's best men and bridesmaids???

Yes, I need to scout the locations (church and the reception hall) first and to determine the lighting condition and etc.


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Jun 06, 2017 00:33 |  #2

Well, just spent couple of hours googling and I think I know what I need to do...at least in general..unless the bride and groom want to do something different. I suppose is always a good idea to meet up with the couples before the wedding? The couples live in another state and is 3 hours drive from me. Money is money and experience is experience...I guess I can't complain... Maybe I would schedule some initial meetup while I was scouting the area???

See if I can seal this deal...


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Jun 06, 2017 12:22 |  #3

Groom & Bride should be in separate houses as it's considered unlucky for the groom to see bride or dress before wedding. Unless you go early enough to do both, go to brides house. Usually groom shots are something like fastening his tie/cravat, and one or two with fellow groomsmen enjoying a bevvy (beer/lager). Brides house is makeup, hairdo, back of dress being tied up, shoes, flowers, bridesmaids all together drinking bubbly, bride getting in limo, etc so much more scope for better shots. If you have a second shooter, then you can cover both. Then it's guests arriving, bride's arrival, ceremony and formals, intimates, wedding breakfast with speeches and cutting cake, and first dance. Get the emotion in the shots and you've nailed it.


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Jun 06, 2017 13:05 |  #4

Colin Glover wrote in post #18372385 (external link)
Groom & Bride should be in separate houses as it's considered unlucky for the groom to see bride or dress before wedding. Unless you go early enough to do both, go to brides house. Usually groom shots are something like fastening his tie/cravat, and one or two with fellow groomsmen enjoying a bevvy (beer/lager). Brides house is makeup, hairdo, back of dress being tied up, shoes, flowers, bridesmaids all together drinking bubbly, bride getting in limo, etc so much more scope for better shots. If you have a second shooter, then you can cover both. Then it's guests arriving, bride's arrival, ceremony and formals, intimates, wedding breakfast with speeches and cutting cake, and first dance. Get the emotion in the shots and you've nailed it.

Thanks...what about the ring shots? In what points they aren't wearing their wedding rings??? Can I request them to remove them during the reception? Maybe is considered bad luck???


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Jun 06, 2017 13:45 |  #5

You should get a shot list from the couple and their parents. This will tell you what they want as opposed to somebody else's idea of what you should get. It will also direct your attention to must-have relatives like grandparents.

A friend begged me to shoot her wedding a few years ago and would not accept my admonition that I don't do weddings. The idea of a ring shot never came up in the conversation. I never took it. It was not missed. I've never seen a ring shot hanging on somebody's wall. I guess it would be on the shot list of some people. But you should ask. That same friend was dumbfounded when I told her that I would not do a trash the dress shot, which was all the rage at the time. She was astounded that anybody would ask for it. But people are different.


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Jun 06, 2017 14:23 as a reply to joedlh's post |  #6

Thanks...yeah of course, need to capture what they wish of course. The dress, the shoes.....I thought it would be nice. I have a Sigma 105 f2.8 macro OS for things like these...


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Jun 06, 2017 18:57 as a reply to joedlh's post |  #7

Depends what type of ring shots you take as to whether they hang them or not ;)


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Jun 06, 2017 20:08 |  #8

I have another questions. :) I am planning to scout the reception hall. The ceremony and the reception party would be inside this one building. So, I am not looking at shooting inside a church. I suppose inside this venue, there is a ceremony area or "room?" Of course, can I just show up at this place and asking the owner or the manager if I can "look around?"

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Jun 06, 2017 20:56 |  #9

Oh well, no deal. The groom booked someone else. I quoted them $800 for a 6 hours wedding. Not including 7+ hours driving time from me. Hate to know why they would choose another photographers.....:)


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Jun 06, 2017 21:27 |  #10

Perhaps they have a stronger portfolio and a clue about how to shoot a wedding. : /




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Jun 06, 2017 21:33 as a reply to texkam's post |  #11

Maybe...they knew what I shoot. They saw my site. No surprise there and why even contacting me if they are expecting to see more wedding portfolio. Draw you own conclusions.


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Jun 06, 2017 21:33 as a reply to TooManyShots's post |  #12

$800 for a 6h wedding...no way!
I would have walked away. Well, now you don't need to.


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Jun 06, 2017 21:37 |  #13

itsallart wrote in post #18372757 (external link)
$800 for a 6h wedding...no way!
I would have walked away. Well, now you don't need to.

I like to get my feet wet but certainly not happy about the 3 hours drive one way. The contacted me and saw my site even with my lack of strong portfolio in wedding photography. I thought I see how far things could go.


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Jun 06, 2017 22:01 as a reply to TooManyShots's post |  #14

I did some weddings that were hours away and charged 45 cents a mile on top. I no longer shoot weddings simply because I don't want to deal with bridezillas; I now do live wedding painting, a 3-4 hour gig for typically $1,000 to 2,000 depending on the size :) Still charge for the trip beyond 20 miles.
In a way, be glad they found someone else.
Try to get into weddings as a 2nd shooter; I did that. Get your portfolio and build up some confidence and then dictate your prices and rules. Good luck :)


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Jun 06, 2017 22:05 |  #15

itsallart wrote in post #18372772 (external link)
I did some weddings that were hours away and charged 45 cents a mile on top. I no longer shoot weddings simply because I don't want to deal with bridezillas; I now do live wedding painting, a 3-4 hour gig for typically $1,000 to 2,000 depending on the size :) Still charge for the trip beyond 20 miles.

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