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Jun 01, 2010 14:25 |  #16

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I've thought the same thing about maybe taking a photo for the folder, but haven't done it yet either. The reality is, forget the groom, I sometimes don't even recognize the bride. We're arriving before her gown or veil go on, of course, so we're walking into this room of a half dozen strange women in robes and sweats . . . I don't know which one is the bride! And even if I took a picture, they always look so different.

In January, I worked with a very large bride with a pretty distinctive appearance. But she looked so different with the professionally done hair and make-up, I couldn't believe it was the same person. And then when they came to see their images afterwards, she looked like the women I met nearly a year ago. But I have NO idea who was wearing that wedding dress because it sure didn't seem to be her!

Ya, if they put on make up before we get there, we are pretty much sh!t outa luck :) especially with a good make-up artist.




  
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Jun 01, 2010 14:26 |  #17

Not cleaning the sensor frequently enough.


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Jun 01, 2010 14:53 as a reply to  @ Biffbradford's post |  #18

Setting the camera to sRAW for generic shots like receiving line and reception, but then forgetting to change it back to RAW for a potential print purchase photo.

I'm also the king of accidental tilt. argh.

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Deleting picture on the spot as soon as I know it was wrong. Should never done that, but bad habit is hard to get rid of.

I do this constantly. And I think it's great. The less I have to deal with later, the better. But I only started doing that once I figured out the personalities of the camera AF systems, and now get a ridiculously high in-focus shot rate.

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About a year ago, I had the idea that I would take a shot with my cell phone camera of everyone that contracted with me. Then I would keep it with their folder so that on their wedding day, I could recognize them. I never implemented the idea and when I'm surprised like you were on Saturday, I think of doing it again.

I'm bad with that too. Just type their emails into the search field on facebook and there's a good chance their profile picture will show up.


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Jun 01, 2010 16:06 |  #19

Peacefield wrote in post #10283012 (external link)
I've thought the same thing about maybe taking a photo for the folder, but haven't done it yet either. The reality is, forget the groom, I sometimes don't even recognize the bride. We're arriving before her gown or veil go on, of course, so we're walking into this room of a half dozen strange women in robes and sweats . . . I don't know which one is the bride! And even if I took a picture, they always look so different.

A loud cheerful "hello" (to a room full of girls), the one that replies hi (your name) is the bride! Not always, but usually...


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Jun 01, 2010 21:28 |  #20

Aside from keep a protein bar stashed away...I don't eat the meals. It's pretty bad when the bride and groom force you to eat something, especially when its considered rude in their culture not to.


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Jun 01, 2010 21:30 |  #21

I eat snack bars in my car, and I definitely have a meal at each wedding. I work hard, I get hungry. I eat the same meal as the guests. I tell people I can either eat there or I can leave for an hour, but that way I could miss things.


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Jun 01, 2010 22:23 |  #22

Wow, I have waaaaaay too many. If I had to pick one it would be that I add just a little too much dutch angle to my shots.

Some close seconds: thinking I'm better than I am, forgetting names, cropping too close...


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Jun 02, 2010 17:12 |  #23

Definitely refocusing when I don't need to. It's mainly just when I'm shooting with a large aperture, but I've lost focus on the subject more than a few times after I already had it.




  
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Jun 02, 2010 17:38 |  #24

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Verbals - Just recently I have called a few of the Grooms by another name:oops:. This is always followed by a couple of seconds of awkward silence by all within earshot.

Laugh out loud.....I have done that many a time the last time was last year and I kept calling the groom a different name so much that everyone was calling him by that name, at least everyone thought it was funny.:D


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Jun 02, 2010 17:39 |  #25

Mrsjperry wrote in post #10285594 (external link)
Aside from keep a protein bar stashed away...I don't eat the meals. It's pretty bad when the bride and groom force you to eat something, especially when its considered rude in their culture not to.

Oh, I eat. Lets say I'm at the brides house at 11am and the reception starts at 7pm. Dinner won't be served to me until 8:30 if I'm lucky. That's 9 1/2 hours and snacks don/t cut it for me. I'm eating. My contract says that I get a hot meal. Me and food, we're inseparable.




  
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Jun 02, 2010 23:14 |  #26

Mine has to be not using the DJs often enough; every time I ask them for a reception schedule they have it! But I rarely ask...
They're also quite useful for getting a group together, since they usually have a microphone :)

As far as names go, I'm renowned for learning everyone's names in a matter of minutes, then holding them in my head the rest of the day. Don't ask me how; it's just a 'rainman' thing, I guess.

To go back to the OP's original post, about cutting off feet, has anyone else noticed the trend of cutting off people's heads? Unless I had a very good reason for doing so, or unless I was realy zoomed in on another part of them (rings, flowers, etc), I can't imagine letting my clients see any images where their heads have been cut off. And by this I mean a photo that's normal in every other way, except for the missing heads. As a member of the WPJA, I've seen quite a few award-winning shots where the B&G had no heads. My only question has always been: what, no model release?
This is so far off topic I think I'll post it on its own...


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Jun 03, 2010 01:11 |  #27

I consider it part of my job to help the couple plan their day. If I had to get a reception schedule from the DJ i'd consider I hadn't done my job properly. This varies depending on the part of the world you're in though.


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Jun 03, 2010 05:11 |  #28

Another one of my bad habits - often I'll start up a conversation with the B&G or maybe one of their parents just to give them a break from having a camera in their face. It's almost as if I forget I'm there to take photographs until I get a strange look from someone - then it's back on the tools. One more - I often fall in love with the bride.:wink::wink:


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Jun 03, 2010 06:52 |  #29

Thank you for your words of wisdom..Tim & Paul

Will TRY to eat and still keep my girlish figure.


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Jun 03, 2010 08:01 |  #30

I'm not sure if it's a habit, but I have a wonderful knack for having a wonderful moment spoiled by someone in the background making a weird face/looking bored/etc.


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