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Oct 29, 2008 01:13 |  #16

tim i totally agree, professional event photos are often seen as a bonus or a luxury until something like that happens and suddenly they are so precious

great post, thanks for reminding us all!




  
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Oct 29, 2008 09:25 |  #17

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #6582018 (external link)
Forgive me for horning in but I just wanted to say that I like the sentiment being expressed here...

It's not just "family" events where capturing images may be of some emotional benefit at a later time. The flying community is litterally peppered with instances where a quickie "snap shot" taken at a pancake fly in or barbeque turns out to be the last image captured of a friend and fellow pilot.

Cherish the moments .. Live in the moments .. Hold on the memories

Yes, events do provide a prime opportunity for memories.

Yet, I think the point of the OP was (and I agree) that we are so busy documenting the marriage of the bride and groom that we forget the importance of all the other attendees (especially those from far away) as among the memories important to the bride and groom.


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Oct 29, 2008 13:48 |  #18

Wilt wrote in post #6583521 (external link)
Yes, events do provide a prime opportunity for memories.

Yet, I think the point of the OP was (and I agree) that we are so busy documenting the marriage of the bride and groom that we forget the importance of all the other attendees (especially those from far away) as among the memories important to the bride and groom.

Ah...

Then allow me apologize again for barging in. Very sorry... :oops:


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Oct 07, 2010 14:55 |  #19

It's hard to remember on the day of the wedding, when your formals with the bride and groom are going to be rushed, that those family shots that are eating up time might be really important some day in the near future. Thanks for this excellent reminder.


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Oct 08, 2010 09:20 |  #20

These are all great reminders for us to go over as we prepare for shooting weddings and other events. Also another reason to never devalue what it is we do.


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Oct 08, 2010 10:20 |  #21

Great post, TIm! You said that very well.


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Oct 08, 2010 18:50 |  #22

Great post Tim, very touching reminder, and so so true!

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Oct 10, 2010 18:20 |  #23

We had that experience with my Grandmother, the only photos we really had were from weddings. Since starting to photograph weddings I make it a point not to throw away the photos of the older couples, even if they aren't "the best".

At a wedding last month I had good success photographing all the guests. I placed myself outside the doors to the reception hall and had everyone coming in pause before they could enter the receiving line. Definitely something I'll be repeating, much better light than during the table rounds, and easy to keep track of. I was thinking about taking a nice picture of the bride and groom and using compositing software to recreate it using all the guests portraits.


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Oct 10, 2010 19:09 |  #24

isophotostudio wrote in post #11070495 (external link)
At a wedding last month I had good success photographing all the guests. I placed myself outside the doors to the reception hall and had everyone coming in pause before they could enter the receiving line. Definitely something I'll be repeating, much better light than during the table rounds, and easy to keep track of. I was thinking about taking a nice picture of the bride and groom and using compositing software to recreate it using all the guests portraits.

We're getting a bit off topic here... but I prefer to do guest portraits when they're at the table. ISO800, 1/60th, F5 (all plus or minus a stop), FEC+1, bounce flash with white card out, you get nice, well exposed simple images with the background showing some detail.


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Oct 11, 2010 10:56 |  #25

So true and great post. I haven't experienced this yet but I'm in the process of applying as a volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep after two friends lost their preemie babies in the past year... it's things like that that make you realize how important photography is to some families!


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Oct 11, 2010 11:55 |  #26

tim wrote in post #11070792 (external link)
We're getting a bit off topic here... but I prefer to do guest portraits when they're at the table. ISO800, 1/60th, F5 (all plus or minus a stop), FEC+1, bounce flash with white card out, you get nice, well exposed simple images with the background showing some detail.


Hi, just to add to all of this, my best friend married 3 years ago in feb, and unfortunately as she was stepping out of dressing room in her dress for the first time, her father fell down the stairs and passed away from injuries, this was horrific, and a very bitter sweet day for my friend. She finally built up the courage only a few months ago, to ask the photographer if there were any photos of her father getting ready in the morning, unfortunately, there werent as all focus had been on gayle and the party helping her on the morning.

She often says to me, that it was the proudest day of her dads life, and unfortunately she has nothing to remind her of him on the morning of her wedding.


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Oct 11, 2010 13:48 |  #27

Oh dear lord, that is the most heart wrenching story I've ever heard.


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Oct 11, 2010 22:30 |  #28

Good post Tim.




  
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Oct 07, 2018 11:18 |  #29

When my son got married the wedding photographer only took photos of the bride, groom, and their friends (bridesmaids and groomsmen). He did not take any photographs of the extended family--parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. At the wedding I mentioned that the photographer wasn't taking photos of family members, and my daughter-in-law said she didn't know why he wasn't doing that, but didn't ask him to do so. I wish I had asked him myself, or asked my son to ask him, but I didn't want to interfere. Now, not only are the wedding photos incomplete, but exactly one year after the wedding, my husband died unexpectedly. Had the photographer included us in the wedding photos, we might have had a nice, recent family photo that included him. Because the photographer did an incomplete job, we do not.


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