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Mar 31, 2011 23:12 |  #31

As long as you're clear on why you're doing it, everything is fine.


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Apr 01, 2011 08:00 |  #32

flyfisher x wrote in post #12130449 (external link)
Correct me if I am wrong. Do not all wedding photographers have a first time shoot under their belt?

You read my mind.




  
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Apr 01, 2011 09:08 |  #33
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Some co-workers asked me to shoot their wedding. When I said no, they said "Okay, well, at least we'll have the photos from the disposable cameras we put on the tables.

That was like a dagger through the heart.

I agreed to shoot the wedding. They paid me an amount which, while I was happy with it (not being a wedding photographer), would make the pros cringe. It went very well, and they were very, very pleased with the results. I swear, if I could convince myself that every wedding shoot was that easy, I'd give up my day job.

But, I'm smart enough to know better, especially after reading some of the horror stories here.

That was my one and only wedding. I'm batting 1.000%, and I don't wanna' screw that up...


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Apr 01, 2011 09:16 |  #34

Easy answer....take it. Just do your best.

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He tells me that it's okay because they can't afford a professional photographer to shoot, which is why they want me to shoot instead. Basically, unless I shoot the wedding, nobody else is because they don't have the budget for it.


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Apr 01, 2011 09:43 |  #35

i was in the same situation, my friend said ' just shoot whatever you get'. so i did, and they were happy.

yep, do it! why won't you? you have nothing to lose but only to gain some experience.


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Apr 01, 2011 17:23 |  #36

say yes

you're not going to get any work if you just keep putting it off

you're supposed to be nervous, and do well under pressure

that's how i am on nearly all of my big jobs. comfort is a death sentence for an artist


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Apr 01, 2011 17:53 |  #37

So ask yourself. Do I want to do this? If so ask yourself why?
As people have said, there is always your first wedding and I was SWEATING BULLETS on my first one *L*

I disagree with Mike, I don't think you should be nervous but I would agree you should feel pressure.

I would not want a nervous photographer taking my pictures *L* Kinda shaky...


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Apr 01, 2011 19:07 as a reply to  @ scorpio_e's post |  #38

I am about as amateur as they come and I like to shoot outdoor youth sports. So it caught me off guard when a friend asked me to shoot his wedding. I declined several times, but in the end, I went and had a great time. The ceremony was in an old 1940's theater on a decommissioned military base and the lighting was horrible. Thankfully, my wife was good with correcting my screw-ups.
A few things that I learned were:
Be sure to go to the rehearsals and get a feel for the action- take the pictures just as you would during the wedding so you can get your camera settings. Make notes.
Make a checklist of all the "must have" pictures. You can find good ones online or ask here- the pros are nice about helping.
Make sure your clipboard with the list of pictures is out of the way so it does not end up in your shots. You need a wife that is good with Photoshop to fix this mistake if needed. You cannot borrow my wife, find your own.
You may have to be a little bossy in order to get all the family group pictures, but you can handle it. They don't have to like you, but it helps with getting a smile if they do.
If you borrow any gear, be sure that it is not the camera that you let the flower girl take your picture with. See below for more info.
When the flower girl wants to dance with you and use your camera to take your picture, be sure to put the strap around her neck first- a dSLR is kind of heavy for a little kid and their hands may be slippery. Your dSLR is tougher than you think and a fall to the floor from flower girl height may not do much damage.
Be sure to eat something during the day. Getting hungry means getting grumpy and short tempered, but don't jump ahead of the other guest in the reception line. You are there to work, not sit and eat :)
Most importantly...Have fun!


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Apr 01, 2011 23:36 |  #39

flyfisher x wrote in post #12130449 (external link)
Correct me if I am wrong. Do not all wedding photographers have a first time shoot under their belt?

In my experience, most serious wedding photographers go on several weddings as a second shooter to gain experience before tackling a wedding solo. YMMV.


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