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Anyone do a engagement/wedding on a boat/cruise? I have ?'s, do you have answers?

 
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Jan 28, 2011 10:59 |  #1

I have a couple doing an engagement party on a "cruise" line on the Chicago lakefront in early spring time. They rented out the whole thing and have about 300 guests.

Thankfully, there will be a ton of natural light, but I'm concerned with a few things and would like some professional input.

1. I shoot with a 5DMKII and a 7D. I've never shot in the rain before so just in case it does rain, what do you usually do? I have a few shots that I have imagined already and they would need to be done outside. How can I protect my equipment?

2. Fast shutter and open f/stop should stop any motion (w/o flash of course), however not sure what to expect on a sizable boat in terms of swaying and movement. I've only been on a boat a couple times and honestly don't remember if they are able to sway much due to the weight of them. Any words of advice or am I just over thinking it?

3. In case of motion sickness (I've never had, but I've hardly been on boats), any suggestions on what to take with me to calm it down?

I'm sure I have more questions, but any help on these ones would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for your help in advance!


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Jan 30, 2011 22:54 |  #2

300 people for an engagement party? Why not just make it the wedding? Sounds like a gift grabby thing to me, but I guess if you got the money to do it, why not!

1. Pictures of this boat would help a lot since I've never seen it or know what you're really referring to. I'm assuming you're referring to a tour boat, not an actual cruise ship since I'm not aware of any of those floating around Chicago. Most of the tour boats I've been on will have a covered open air space and then an uncovered space. If it rains they can stand in the uncovered part and you can stand in the covered part. But make sure THEY want to get wet first.

2. When the boat sways, you'll sway with it. It's not like you'll be stationary with a boat moving around you. I think you're overthinking this.

3. There are these bracelets that put pressure on pressure points that help reduce motion sickness. You can get them in the Pharmacy section of Walmart. Also Ginger mints are good if the bracelets don't work and taste yummy.


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Jan 30, 2011 23:16 |  #3

1. If it's wet the B&G won't go outside anyway. Umbrellas work if the rain isn't horizontal.
3. Motion sickness medication needs to be taken 12 hours in advance. Go to a pharmacy and get some, just in case. I don't think there are side effects.


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Jan 31, 2011 01:54 |  #4

I've done a couple of weddings on a boat here in Boston. Excepting for the especially low ceilings in the cabin where the dinner was held, it was not much different from a wedding on land. I don't get seasick, so I have no advice on that. There shouldn't be too much swaying on the boat...at least there wasn't on the boat that I've shot on.

As for the rain. Buy a box of large ziplock bags and put a couple of them in your camera bag. If it rains, you can cut the corner off of one of the bags just large enough to get the end of your lens through. Pop the hood on the lens, and you should be set. It's easier to use a redneck rain cover like this with primes, since it is difficult to zoom inside the bag.


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Jan 31, 2011 01:58 |  #5

jamiewexler wrote in post #11746936 (external link)
It's easier to use a redneck rain cover like this with primes, since it is difficult to zoom inside the bag.

Redneck? Naw...that's Yankee Ingenuity! :D


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Jan 31, 2011 10:13 |  #6

Thanks for the advice everyone.

Yes, 300 seems like a lot, but the wedding AND the reception is going to be near 1,000 people. It'll be the largest I've done and they have 4 days packed with events (Indian wedding) and the 300 person event is one of the smallest of them all.

Thanks for the advice on the anti-sea sickness stuff. I'm definitely going to try it out...

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Jan 31, 2011 15:16 |  #7

1. I shoot with a 5DMKII and a 7D. I've never shot in the rain before so just in case it does rain, what do you usually do? I have a few shots that I have imagined already and they would need to be done outside. How can I protect my equipment?
--I've never done shooting in the rain, but Im guessing if its raining, the couple would be inside anyway, but fro a little splash, maybe like some of the people here suggested, ziplock bag, trach bag, etc. And dont forget to wipe everything when you got home to get rid of those saltwater that might go to your camera body--

2. Fast shutter and open f/stop should stop any motion (w/o flash of course), however not sure what to expect on a sizable boat in terms of swaying and movement. I've only been on a boat a couple times and honestly don't remember if they are able to sway much due to the weight of them. Any words of advice or am I just over thinking it?
--regarding setting, I didnt do anything different than shooting on land, flash still need to be used if needed. one thing need attention is if the boat is actually moving, I assume it will be going just back and forth, so the sun location might be a problem at certain time, pay attention to this. the first time I did wedding on the boat, sun position really mess me up.--

3. In case of motion sickness (I've never had, but I've hardly been on boats), any suggestions on what to take with me to calm it down?
--definitely seasick medication, and take it kinda way in advanced too. i usually dont get seasick (used to do fishing in my tropical country with traditional fisherman almost every week with their traditional boat , so a lot of motion), also several fishing trips here in the US with no problem, but there's one time when I got seasick really bad even though I took motion sickness pill in advanced. the problem is that time was really windy and cold and I have my body covered but not the back of my neck, Im down in about the 2nd hours of total of 6 hrs fishing trip (so yeah 4 hrs mostly in the boat cafetaria or in the restroom puking), so wear a scarf too.--

Just my opinion and experience, hope that helps.
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Jan 31, 2011 15:26 |  #8

Make sure you bring your flippy floppies!


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Jan 31, 2011 15:45 |  #9

jamiewexler wrote in post #11750474 (external link)
Make sure you bring your flippy floppies!

And your nautical themed pashmina afghan!


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